With 18,378 vulnerabilities reported in 2021, NIST records fifth straight year of record numbers
ZDNet reported on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) releasing an updated graph showing the number of vulnerabilities reported in 2021 setting a record for the fifth year in a row, with18,378 vulnerabilities reported so far this year.
The figure set a record for the fifth straight year in a row, but 2021 was different in some ways. The number of high severity vulnerabilities fell slightly compared to 2020, with 3,646 high risk vulnerabilities this year compared to last year’s 4,381.
For 2021, the number of medium and low risk vulnerabilities reported — 11,767 and 2,965 respectively — exceeded those seen in 2020.
To understand why these numbers have changed for 2021, ZDNet spoke with K2 Cyber Security’s CEO, Pravin Madhani.