Firewall software is the main approach to protect applications from hackers, The survey showed 98% of users ran firewalls. 67% of IT professionals used penetration testing and 41% used static analysis software.
The research also found regulations to enforce higher standards of security had a positive benefit. Over a third of security professionals said compliance with regulations such as PCI, Sarbannes Oxley, Basel 2 and the Data Protection Act contributed to a greater awareness of security. They also said the regulations helped to get funds for improving security.