With new tools and technology constantly being introduced into the market, have you ever wondered why vulnerabilities that have been around for years just won't die? One big reason is PATCH MANAGEMENT.
What is Patch Management?
Patch Management is an important part of any security program. It is the process of handling all the updates of components within the companies information system. These include routers, firewalls, servers, operating systems, anti-viruses, along with much more that could exist within a network.
Are you Keeping Up?
Keeping your software and hardware up to date with the latest patches is no trivial task. New vulnerabilities are discovered every day and constant vigilance is required to protect your business. During 2018 there were over 16,000 new entries listed on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) details website. As we work our way into 2019, the list continues to grow. Many of which can be remediated by applying a corresponding patch. Patch, Vulnerability and Asset Management are closely related and must work hand in hand for proper execution.
For example: In order to assess proper remediation actions you must have the ability to discover vulnerabilities and identify the software and hardware devices within your infrastructure needing remediation.
On one hand it's good news that known vulnerabilities are at the root of most security breaches.
That means we know how to address them. The threat landscape is constantly changing and there is no shortage of discovered vulnerabilities. So whether it is the Heartbleed bug which took advantage of a vulnerability in an open source cryptographic library or the WannaCry ransomware attack which leveraged unpatched or end-of-life Windows systems, many attacks occur from known vulnerabilities that have an available patch.
Do you know what’s in your environment? Do you have the latest patches applied? Are you exposed to any known vulnerabilities? If you need help or don't know where to start, contact us at TechGuard Security today. Use our vulnerability assessment services to identify any exposure you may have to known vulnerabilities.
Written by Aaron Moore
Aaron has over twenty years of IT experience spanning a variety of domains including: Banking, Agriculture, DoD and CPG industries. Aaron possesses his Security+ CE certification and currently serves as a Sales Engineer at TechGuard Security. In this role, he acts as the liaison between the sales and technical teams, matching client needs to the core capabilities. Aaron has served as a consultant for multiple Fortune 200 organizations, fulfilling roles in application development, database design and database administration. In his spare time, Aaron and his wife can usually be found at the baseball or soccer fields watching their kids play sports.