Unpatched software is an easy way for unwanted visitors with bad intentions to breach your data. According to a Computer Business Review article, the uncomfortable truth is that many management teams don’t know that their software is unpatched. As a business leader, you need to avoid any downtime that leaves you out of work. Additionally, IT experts cannot afford to spend valuable time trying to unwind an escalating array of bugs that may have resulted from a patch going awry during non-business hours.
Here is why companies should make patching a top priority for their business.
Hackers are now using automated scanning tools that can identify unpatched software fast. Unfortunately, many businesses don’t realize their software hasn’t been patched in years, whether as a result of management teams finding patching was simply too difficult or traveling company devices not receiving the updated patched services automatically.
A Tanium study found that 81 percent of CIOs have yet to adopt an important security update or patch due to the effect it may have on business operations. For example, laptops, servers, virtual machines, containers or cloud infrastructures are often not equally protected in a business. This leaves CIOs with a lack of visibility and control over IT operations. If there is a gap in communication between CIOs and IT leaders, it could take extra time for either to realize that a critical update or patch they thought had been installed had not actually been updated to all devices leaving the company’s data exposed. Creating a direct line between IT experts and management or business leaders is necessary for running a company in today’s society.
Another step businesses should consider is a patch management services. Staying up-to-date with availability, stability and vulnerability in IT systems is a constant battle, but a patch management service can help with all three of these.
Patch management services allow business leaders to focus on key business efficiencies by using providers that operate at a scale and rate of reliability that most organizations can’t match. Patch management services also reach employees’ laptops no matter where they are working, whenever they connect.
At MDL, we provide centralized patch management that updates all your devices from a single interface and under a single control. This saves time while also keeping your workstation stable and protected. Your company’s security is our number one concern, and we can help ensure that you don’t need to stress about your company’s private information becoming public. Learn more about the services we offer by visiting our website.