The importance of Patching in Cybersecurity

There’s a tonne of advice out there highlighting the importance of patching, but why are so many organisations still struggling with it?

You can’t talk about the importance of patch management without mentioning the WannaCry and Equifax breaches, two of the largest cyber attacks in history.

Both were caused by attackers exploiting vulnerabilities that already had patches available.

In the case of Equifax, the hacker was able to expose the credit card details of 143 million people resulting in reputational and huge financial damage.

Data released by Fortinet earlier in the year showed that hackers were exploiting just 5.7% of known software vulnerabilities.

However, the fact that so many organisations are still falling victim to attacks suggests that patches for these vulnerabilities are not being implemented by security teams.

According to the Federation of Small Business (FSB) just over a third of SMEs regularly patch their systems.

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Why do businesses fail to patch?

  1. A lack of awareness of what security patches are available and which are critical
  2. Getting a clear overview of the organisation's systems
  3. A lack of resources and skilled personnel to implement them

Patch Management with CyberScore™

There is a service that can reduce the stress and streamline the process to ensure that your organisation's systems are kept up to date with the latest security patches.

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

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Patch Management is easy with CyberScore™

The Benefits of Regular Network Scanning

Don’t let a Cyber breach be your legacy

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