Online risk mitigation specialists DNProtect released details of their market report that exposes a high number of security issues related to the domain names that Fortune 500 companies rely upon for business and consumer interaction. The report utilizes data obtained from DNP Score, the company's propriety algorithm, and serves as an early warning indicator of possible security threats and open windows for domain theft or service disruption. The market release follows a number of recent high profile cases involving GoDaddy, Network Solutions, and other registrars where critical domain names were stolen, resulting in disruptions that can easily impact millions of Internet users.
Internet domain names are a critical part of a company’s online presence and play important and critical roles, such as back-end communications with other companies, especially in e-commerce activities, says DNProtect. If a company's domain name was suddenly unreachable, there would be a lot of disruption, most likely causing decreased revenue, and maybe even an online reputation issue.
Some of the highlights of the report include:
- Only seven percent of Fortune 500 companies have their domain names setup properly.
- Eleven of the Fortune 500 companies had scores of 400 or less, indicating sizable risk for theft, loss, or service reduction.
- Notably Amazon was in the worst bottom ten companies at the Fortune 500 level for security issues and setup errors.
- Companies such as Target, Travelers, Kellogg, Farmers, and Booze Allen Hamilton came out on top for security readiness.
Here are some other statistics about the Fortune 500:
- 35 of the companies have a score of 700 (only 7 percent)
- 74 of the companies have a score of 650 (15 percent)
- 83 of the companies have a score of 600 (17 percent)
- 175 of the companies have a score of 550 (35 percent)
- 80 of the companies have a score of 500 (16 percent)
- 37 of the companies have a score of 450 (7 percent)
- 9 of the companies have a score of 400 (2 percent)
- 2 of the companies have a score of 350 (less than 1 percent)
For more information about DNP's calculations and reporting methodologies visit www.dnprotect.com/legal/about-dnp-score.