It appears that financial and social media Web sites are more secure than government Web sites according to a new report from the Online Trust Alliance. The organization honored the top 26% of sites for enabling security to keep their customers safe from malicious attacks and security holes.
The Online Trust Alliance testing procedures included looking for Extended Validation SSL Certificates (EV SSL), email authentication and checking for malware. The findings are startling, but work is underway to correct these problems.
Some statistics from the report include:
Almost 26% (289 companies) earned entry into the OTA 2011 Online Safety Honor Roll, for their adoption of EV SSL Certificates and one or more forms of email authentication.
The Honor Roll achievement was as high as 26.7% of the FDIC 100 and 24.6% of the Fortune 500. Only 12% of top federal government sites qualified.
• Email authentication adoption has passed the tipping point, with more than 56% adopting either SPF or DKIM on one or more of their domains or sub domains.
• EV SSL is nearing 45% adoption across top retail and banking sites, reflecting a year-to-year increase of over 78%. Across all segments, adoption increased 68%.