BeyondTrust: The Annual Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report 2021

The Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report compiles every Microsoft security bulletin from the past 12 months, analyzes the trends, and includes viewpoints from security experts. This provides a consolidated view and analysis of Microsoft patch Tuesdays, providing a crucial barometer of the threat landscape for the Microsoft ecosystem.

Below are some of the key findings from this year's edition:

  • In 2020, a record-high number of 1,268 Microsoft vulnerabilities were discovered, a 48% increase YoY
  • The number of reported vulnerabilities has risen an astonishing 181% in the last five years (2016-2020)
  • A simple way to mitigate 56% of all Critical Microsoft vulnerabilities in 2020
  • For the first time, “Elevation of Privilege” was the #1 vulnerability category, comprising 44% of the total, nearly three times more than in the previous year

Download the full report for a deeper dive into these findings. You’ll gain prescriptive advice for countering today’s record-breaking vulnerabilities, alongside access to the expert commentary of noteworthy industry leaders.