Patch management is the biggest security hole in any company and its third party software that is the main cause as 75% of attacks use publicly known vulnerabilities in commercial software that could be prevented by regular patching. Keeping up to date with Operating System and third party patches will drastically reduce your chances of being compromised.
Any software is prone to technical vulnerabilities. Once discovered and shared publicly, vulnerabilities can rapidly be exploited by cyber criminals. Hackers can take advantage of known vulnerabilities in operating systems (OS) and third-party applications if they are not properly patched or updated.
Patch management is “not a solved problem”
Even though patching and updating computers have been around for years, organisations of all sizes struggle—and “struggle mightily”—to patch systems effectively. Whether those machines are behind the firewall or remote, the challenge of patching the OS and applications in a timely manner persists. Those who don’t possess effective methods for software updates open up serious vulnerabilities within their infrastructure.