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When it comes to web traffic, 79% of CISOs can't tell the difference between humans and bots

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Bots are now responsible for 52% of all internet traffic flow, according to a new survey from security firm Radware. This creates a blatant blind spot for IT security teams, as 79% of CISOs and other security leaders said they can't tell for certain if web traffic comes from humans or bots, the report found.

The survey, conducted by Ponemon Research on behalf of Radware, included responses from more than 600 CISOs and other security leaders across retail, healthcare, and financial services in six continents.

Bots are particularly troublesome for online retailers, as these companies use bots for price aggregation sites, electronic couponing, customer service, and more. Some 41% of retailers reported that more than 75% of their traffic comes from bots—yet 40% said they still cannot distinguish between good bots and malicious bots. Malicious bots pose a risk to the retail industry, as web scraping attacks can steal intellectual property, undercut prices, hold mass inventory...(continued)

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