Forrit, a leading global content management system (CMS) provider, has released a new study indicating that 87% of senior marketers and tech leaders fear that the current state of the internet will impede the evolution of Web 3.0 and the metaverse.

Titled “Web O.No: Your Business’ Bleak Online Future and How to Avoid It,” the report sheds light on critical issues such as open source vulnerabilities, fragmented web management systems, and inadequate website governance across the internet.

Business decision-makers expressed optimism about the potential of Web 3.0 and the metaverse to transform online interactions. However, concerns were raised regarding the internet’s readiness for these innovations. Security flaws, vulnerabilities in open source web management systems, ungoverned websites, and the presence of legacy CMS systems were highlighted as key obstacles.

Security Concerns and Governance Issues

The study, which focused on heavily regulated industries such as financial services, utilities, and the legal sector, uncovered significant security vulnerabilities. Over half of the respondents admitted to having website security flaws, with particular concern among those using open source solutions. Third-party-developed plug-ins were identified as a specific risk, leaving websites vulnerable to malicious compromise.

Moreover, the practice of operating multiple CMS systems poses governance challenges, with 44% of participants lacking control over website content. This fragmented approach increases the risk of outages, dysfunctional interfaces, and the presence of hazardous content on reputable websites.

Embracing Composable CMS Platforms

Peter Proud, CEO and Founder of Forrit, stressed the urgency of adopting next-generation composable CMS platforms to address these challenges. He warned against continuing to layer outdated and vulnerable web management systems, advocating for a shift towards platforms that offer enhanced security, flexibility, and scalability.

Respondents echoed the importance of composable architecture, with 89% believing it would empower their organisations to future-proof their digital infrastructure. This approach enables the adoption of cutting-edge technologies like AI, addressing current limitations imposed by traditional web management systems.

Gary Roberts, CRO of Forrit, emphasised the role of CMS platforms as facilitators of digital innovation. He highlighted the need to remove existing barriers by embracing composable web architecture, offering a clear pathway to future advancements such as the metaverse and Web 3.0.

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