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Analysis of the Global Public Vulnerability Research Market, 2015

Analysis of the Global Public Vulnerability Research Market, 2015

The Frost & Sullivan report analyzes the global public vulnerability research market. The growth of cyber threats such as malware, viruses, ransomware, botnets and more are of great concern to companies and consumers. Uncovering and disclosing vulnerabilities is important for analyzing and countering potential threats.
The vulnerability material that is collected, queried, and segmented provides rich qualitative commentary on the vulnerability research industry and community of contributors, and recognizes the most prolific disclosers of new vulnerabilities.

Research Scope
Total number of public vulnerabilities
Market trends of severity levels
Market trends of applications and classes of applications
Market trends of different vulnerability flaws

In 2015, public vulnerability disclosures increased 43.8% over the previous year. Researchers are covering a wider breadth of applications, such as media players, operating systems, office products, web browsers and many more.

There have also been notable changes among the key players. Trend Micro acquired HP TippingPoint and Google Project Zero launched in mid-2014.
The different types of threats which can exploit vulnerabilities are discussed in this report. Frost & Sullivan also conducted competitive analysis of the research institutions involved in disclosing vulnerabilities.

Key questions this study answers:
Which institutions have disclosed the most vulnerabilities and what types?
Which applications have had the most public vulnerabilities?
Have severity levels changed?
What are the most likely impacts threats will have on exploitable vulnerabilities?


  • Executive Summary
    • Executive Summary-Key Findings
  • Market Overview
    • Bug Bounty Programs and Contests
    • Pwn2Own
    • Pwn2Own Competition
    • Mobile Pwn2Own Competition
    • Market Overview-The Role of MITRE and CVSS Scoring
    • Research Methodology
  • Types of Threats
    • Malware
    • Mobile Malware
    • Ransomware
    • Bots and Botnets
    • Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)
    • Web and Phishing Attacks
  • Market Trends in Public Vulnerabilities
    • Vulnerabilities Reported by Year
    • Quarterly Reported Vulnerabilities
    • Market Trends
    • Vulnerability Disclosure
    • Vulnerability Disclosure by Institution Type
    • Vulnerability Disclosure by Organization Type
  • Analysis of Vulnerabilities by Severity
    • Table Public Vulnerability Research Market: Reported Vulnerabilities by Quarter and Severity, Global, 2015
  • Comparison of Targeted Applications
    • Targeted Applications
    • Analysis of Targeted Applications
    • Top Targeted Class of Applications
    • Disclosing Institutions: Media Player Vulnerabilities
    • Disclosing Institutions: Web Browser Vulnerabilities
    • Disclosing Institutions: Operating System Vulnerabilities
    • Disclosing Institutions: IT Support Tools Vulnerabilities
    • Analysis of Targeted Applications by Class
    • Targeted Web Browser Type
    • Analysis of Targeted Web Browser Type
  • Vulnerability Analysis
    • Vulnerability Definitions
    • Vulnerabilities Reported by Flaw Type (2014)
    • Vulnerabilities Reported by Flaw Type (2015)
    • Disclosing Institutions: Buffer Errors
    • Disclosing Institutions: Use After Free Errors
    • Disclosing Institutions: Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control Errors
    • Top Impact Type (2014)
    • Top Impact Type (2015)
    • Disclosing Institution: Disruption-of-Service/Unauthorized Modification/Disclosure of information Impacts
    • Analysis of Impact Types
  • Competitive Analysis
    • Competitive Analysis Vulnerabilities
    • Competitive Analysis
  • The Status Of Public Vulnerability Reporting
    • The Status of Public Vulnerability Reporting-Then, Now, and in the Future
  • Profiles of Security Platform Providers Offering Public Vulnerability Disclosure
    • Core Security
    • FortiGuard Labs (Fortinet)
    • Google Project Zero (Google)
    • High-Tech Bridge
    • IBM X-Force (IBM)
    • Secunia (now Flexera)
    • Secunia Research About Often-Targeted Applications (Adobe, Flash, and Microsoft)
    • TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative (Trend Micro)
    • Trend Micro-TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative
    • US-CERT
    • Verisign (Verisign Labs)
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix
    • Vulnerability Database Sources (for 2015)
    • List of Publications Cited in This Report

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