One of the most important things to consider in your business is the strength of your IT security. Unlike personal security, business IT security keeps critical systems, staff, and consumer information safe from attacks and leaks.
There are always updates rolling out to combat the constant barrage of cyber attacks, but if your business patch management in your IT department is not properly applied, your whole company may be at risk.
Why Is Patch Management Important?
Patch Management is the main method in which companies of all sizes mitigate security vulnerabilities.
It often goes hand-in-hand with vulnerability management (the process of identifying, scanning and prioritizing vulnerabilities for remediation), where patch management is the process of applying remediations (patches) to vulnerable systems.
The IT department is tasked with securing software, servers, technology, and other hardware to both install and test patches to maintain a high level of security. This seemingly simple task is one that most companies struggle to keep up with.
Effective patch management will allow you to protect yourself from the thousands of vulnerabilities that are a part of doing business. In fact, in 2018 alone there were over 16,500 security vulnerabilities reported and that number continues to grow exponentially as hackers get more sophisticated.
Does Your Business Have Security Gaps?
Security gaps in your business can result in a loss of critical data, violate privacy laws, and even lead to security breaches. If you think your patch management or overall IT protocols are ineffective, the best way to find out is by performing a Cybersecurity Assessment or a Vulnerability & Penetration Test.
This will allow you to uncover the risk to your business and data security so that you can upgrade your safeguards. Think about how often you or your staff snooze the update notifications on PCs or other work-related devices. These notifications are critical updates that allow your business’s information to remain safe and out of the hands of nefarious parties. By neglecting these updates, your business is being left vulnerable to data breaches and more.
Fortunately, if you’re using a team like Secutor that utilizes RMM, you can rest assured your systems are being kept up-to-date seamlessly and patches are applied as quickly as possible.
Does Your Business Have The Patches You Need To Stay Safe?
Security patches are used to repair or prevent an IT vulnerability once a problem has been identified. If you don’t have an IT team constantly looking for updates, chances are your patch management protocol is creating a gap in your business security. There are many different types of patches; Hotfix patches are often released on the fly while a program is live, and point release patches don’t change features, but fix minor flaws.
Security patches are critical and are released when there is a weakness that needs to be fixed to correct an identified vulnerability. There are also service pack patches that are considered major, and update large sections of a program. There are also unofficial patches that are made by private users to fix a problem on their local systems or the more popular monkey patch that fixes a plug-in.
As a business owner, maintaining a proper patch management protocol is essential if you want to ensure your business and customers are protected. To have your systems reviewed for vulnerabilities and to create a tailored patch management system for your business, contact us today for a free consultation.
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