Stats: Disclosing Vulnerabilities Responsibility? Researcher or Manufacturer

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 30, 2018

Getting prompt and appropriate information on vulnerabilities is important for integrators and end users to ensure that their systems are best protected and updated against exploits.

But who should disclose this? Cybersecurity researcher, Bashis, who has found vulnerabilities in numerous video surveillance products, recently asked this. We gathered 150+ integrator responses to see what they believe is the right answer.

A clear theme emerged: Integrators overwhelmingly believe manufacturers are responsible for announcing but almost equally are worried that manufacturers will avoid that responsibility.

Inside we examine the results and share detailed integrator feedback.

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Comments (11)

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