Microsoft Vulnerabilities 2022 report: A wave of vulnerabilities

In this month of August, when many are carefree enjoying undoubtedly well-deserved holidays, BeyondTrust, world leader in intelligent identity management and access security, reminds that IT security does not take vacation.

BeyondTrust invites you to come back to the key figures of its 2022 report on Microsoft vulnerabilities

Each week, its figure commented on by cybersecurity expert Matthieu Jouzel, Solutions Engineer at BeyondTrust.

There were 1,212 Microsoft vulnerabilities in 2021. After a strong increase over 5 years, the total number of Microsoft vulnerabilities reported fell by 5% in 2021.

“The wave of vulnerabilities peaked in 2020 and then receded slightly in 2021. This is the first time in nine years of this report’s releases that the total number of reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft products and platforms has decreased.

The most striking difference we have observed between 2020 and 2021 is the sharp decrease in critical vulnerabilities, from 196 in 2020 to 104 in 2021. This 47% drop in critical vulnerabilities since 2020 corresponds to the lowest number ever recorded .

This is great news for most IT environments. However, we do not know how to explain the reason for this drop in the number of vulnerabilities. Is the decrease due to better security and coding practices, the end of life of products like Windows 7, or the migration of services to the cloud? It is in my opinion a bit of all three.

However, keep in mind that it is not the number of vulnerabilities that matters most but their potential impact. »

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