Report: Websites place design above security

A new report by Ovum warns that web developers place too much emphasis on web design and ease of access at the expense of writing secure code

Web developers have placed too much importance on the look, speed and ease of access for websites and web applications, at the expense of writing secure code, according to a new report.

The Web Security report, authored by Ovum analyst Andy Kelley, claims that the breach of Sony and several financial institutions proves that even the most well-respected organisations can be compromised by hackers.

"Not enough importance has been placed on the requirement to write secure code and deliver a hardened infrastructure," Kelly wrote. "As a result, during the last three years, up to 70 percent of the web's top 100 sites have either hosted malicious content, or have contained redirect facilities to illegitimate websites."

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Focus on site security over style: Ovum on ZDNet Australia.

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