Java dominates the development marketplace. An estimated 16% of all applications leverage the coding language, which currently tops the TIOBE Index. However, Java also ranks among the most breach-prone digital dialects as a consequence of unchecked open-source codebase sharing and modification. Researchers for Veracode recently estimated that almost 88% of all Java applications contain at least one major vulnerability. This unfortunate reality has played out in public over the last couple years. From the September 2017 Equifax breach that exposed the personal information of more than 145 million Americans to the September 2018 attack on Facebook that imperiled 50 million users, Java's structural flaws have been openly laid bare on multiple occasions. Ineffective patching is typically the root cause of large-scale Java breaches such as these but what if mending porous code is not enough?
"What if mending porous code is not enough?"
This is the question Forbes Technology Council member Mike Hamilton recently posed in an article for the online publication. Hamilton acknowledged that software patching could prevent some breaches — he specifically mentioned the Equifax breach, which unfolded because information technology personnel failed to install a Java update that had been available for months — but contended that these code fixes were sometimes difficult to execute and could cause technical problems. For instance, system shutdown is always a possible outcome of manual Java patching. Hamilton suggested that organizations move away from Java and switch to easier-to-manage code architecture that requires minimal updating.
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The prospect of coordinating such a sea change might make some business leaders anxious — and for good reason. Companies navigating even the simplest technological optimizations encounter budget-busting problems. However, the cost of maintaining systems with hidden vulnerabilities is often far larger. In fact, the average enterprise paid $3.9 per data breach in 2018, according to researchers at IBM and The Ponemon Institute. And large organizations like Equifax, which recently agreed to a $425 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for the 2017 incident, stand to lose a lot more. This is why an estimated 89% of organizations are embarking on digital transformation efforts, per the International Data Group.
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