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What is the state of cyber
security in the UK?
(Alt. Title = What we learned from scanning
135,000 UK business websites).
Who
Dan Taylor
Hat 1: Senior Tech SEO Consultant/Account Manager @
SALT.agency
Hat 2: Digital Marketing Manager @ CyberSca...
What we did
• Using BuiltWith, extracted 250,000 UK
business websites
• Scanned them using our “fingerprint”
vulnerability...
@taylordanrw
City % with at least one vulnerability
London 86.28%
Manchester 85.90%
Birmingham 85.78%
Bristol 85.82%
Glasgow 84.67%
Edi...
@taylordanrw
Sector % with at least one vulnerability
Travel 81.47%
Sports 80.45%
Art & Entertainment 82.13%
Law, Govt & Politics 84.39...
Things that we found…
• Issues with SSL implementations
• Vulnerability to XSS
• Vulnerability to CSRF
@taylordanrw
Why does this matter?
• GDPR is seeing more businesses invest in
cyber security to protect against data
breaches… Making o...
What can I do
• Beg development teams to update
platforms/plugins/third party integrations
when they need upgrading.
• Mak...
More info.
• https://cyber-scanner.com
• https://cyber-monitor.com/cyber-monitor
• https://www.twitter.com/cyber_scanner
•...
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How secure are UK websites? - MeasureCamp Manchester I, May 12 2018 - CyberScanner

  1. 1. What is the state of cyber security in the UK? (Alt. Title = What we learned from scanning 135,000 UK business websites).
  2. 2. Who Dan Taylor Hat 1: Senior Tech SEO Consultant/Account Manager @ SALT.agency Hat 2: Digital Marketing Manager @ CyberScanner https://salt.agency https://cyber-scanner.com @taylordanrw
  3. 3. What we did • Using BuiltWith, extracted 250,000 UK business websites • Scanned them using our “fingerprint” vulnerability scanner (non-intrusive, passive) • Scanned the sites against a database of more than 100,000 known vulnerabilities based on identifying used technologies. @taylordanrw
  4. 4. @taylordanrw
  5. 5. City % with at least one vulnerability London 86.28% Manchester 85.90% Birmingham 85.78% Bristol 85.82% Glasgow 84.67% Edinburgh 86.95% Leeds 86.94% Nottingham 87.85% Sheffield 84.94% Liverpool 84.53% Belfast 84.21% @taylordanrw
  6. 6. @taylordanrw
  7. 7. Sector % with at least one vulnerability Travel 81.47% Sports 80.45% Art & Entertainment 82.13% Law, Govt & Politics 84.39% Automotive & Vehicles 81.50% Health & Fitness 83.20% Style & Fashion 81.12% Food & Drink 82.84% Pets 80.77% @taylordanrw
  8. 8. Things that we found… • Issues with SSL implementations • Vulnerability to XSS • Vulnerability to CSRF @taylordanrw
  9. 9. Why does this matter? • GDPR is seeing more businesses invest in cyber security to protect against data breaches… Making others even more vulnerable. • Protection for the user • Google to go beyond HTTPS and introduce passive scanning? (made this prediction in SEJ, in 2017) @taylordanrw
  10. 10. What can I do • Beg development teams to update platforms/plugins/third party integrations when they need upgrading. • Make use of pen testing. • Actively monitor and assess cyber security risks • Educate staff and employees on how to avoid social engineering @taylordanrw
  11. 11. More info. • https://cyber-scanner.com • https://cyber-monitor.com/cyber-monitor • https://www.twitter.com/cyber_scanner • dan@cyber-scanner.com @taylordanrw

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