Jan 14, 2013 Java Flaws Require Action
Here we go again. Newly discovered flaws in Java are already being exploited by hackers, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While Java plug-ins remain a useful technology for software development, this latest incident should prompt businesses to mitigate Java-related risks.
Oracle, Java’s owner, has released a software update, and more are anticipated. Companies should ensure that their websites and applications are fully updated. As security warnings from the government and private-security experts mount, it is probable that fewer website users will accept Java plug-ins in the future, meaning that alternatives to Java applets such as leveraging HTML5 solutions, should be explored, a trend already well underway. An effective IT policy may include removing Java from employees’ browsers or allowing them to use Java plug-ins only when specified programs ask for permission.