Keeping up to date with the latest patch releases is vital to reduce security risk. However, not all businesses have the time or resource to implement them in a timely fashion. With CyberScore™ this is no longer an issue.
Why is Patch Management Important?
The race to discover and fix vulnerabilities is a never ending one as cybercriminals never stop in coming up with new ways to exploit software and hardware.
The cyber arms race - The ongoing arms race between criminals and security professionals means that software and hardware regularly require patches. Unintended flaws that slip through the net are common in software, so failing to install them can quickly leave exploitable holes in an organisations system. As such, patch management is a vital part of any cybersecurity plan.
99% of attacks come from common vulnerabilities – We’ve all heard of the dreaded zero-day vulnerability but fortunately, these are pretty rare. In reality, the vast majority of attacks occur via well known vulnerabilities and exploits. Most attacks can easily be prevented via patch management.
Legacy software – When a vendor stops supporting a piece of software it means that there will be no new patches released to prevent new exploits and vulnerabilities being created by hackers. When this happens, an organisation should update to a newer version as soon as possible. If word got out that you’re using an out of date software you will surely attract criminals who will take advantage.
Patch that Antivirus – Like other pieces of software Antivirus too become outdated. If it's out of date or not regularly updated then it will become useless. New threats arise all of the time meaning that until an antivirus is updated your machine will be vulnerable to any new dangers. Patching anti-virus is a must if you are to avoid falling victim to malware and other threats.
The costs – A security breach can be devastating to an organisations finances and reputation. Most breaches can be avoided simply by patching out of date software.
Case Study – WannaCry
One of the most devastating cyber attacks in recent years exploited unpatched software highlighting the importance of patch management.
Patch Management with CyberScore™
CyberScore™ makes patch management quick and easy. Simply schedule a scan (ideally every month) and voila it will detect any vulnerable software on your networks allowing you to quickly implement an effective patch management strategy.
CyberScore™ also allows you to:
Continuously understand your cybersecurity posture
Track your progress and watch your cyber health improve as mitigation measures are implemented
Track cyber risks across supply chains and third parties without the need for consultants or questionnaires
Set minimum standards, hold suppliers and service providers to account
Dispense with impenetrable reports. Instead, receive a clear and concise Get Well Plan that can be shared with staff and service providers
Dramatically reduce the cost and improve the quality of compliance penetration testing
Want to learn more about how CyberScore™ can help secure your business? Visit our website at www.xqcyber.com and if you want to give yourself the very best protection against cyber security threats try our CyberScore™ software for free now.