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Threat actors regard unpatched systems as locks just waiting to be picked.
Software vendors regularly release patches to address identified security flaws, software bugs, and other issues that may impact the functionality and security of their products. These patches are essential because cyber attackers often exploit known vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access, steal data, or cause harm to your systems.
Patch management, while essential for cybersecurity, can also present several challenges for organizations, such as:
- Smaller organizations or those with limited IT staff may struggle to keep up with the volume of patches and the required testing and deployment efforts.
- With numerous software applications and operating systems in use, determining which patches to prioritize can be challenging. Some patches may be critical for one organization but not as urgent for another, depending on their specific systems and software configurations.
- Applying patches without proper testing can lead to compatibility issues with existing software, potentially causing system crashes or malfunctions. Ensuring patches work seamlessly with the organization's infrastructure is crucial.
- Organizations often have legacy systems running outdated software that may not be actively supported by vendors. Finding and applying patches for such systems can be difficult, leaving them vulnerable to known threats.
- Patch deployment may require system reboots or temporary downtime, impacting productivity and business operations. Balancing the need for security with minimizing disruptions is a continuous challenge.
To address these challenges, organizations could invest in automated patch management solutions, maintain a clear inventory of all software and systems, or work with a cybersecurity partner that will establish a well-defined patch management policy, outline procedures, responsibilities, and timelines for patch deployment.
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