For many companies one of the top priorities in today’s world is security. Many different aspects define the overall security of a company’s infrastructure, two of which are Patching and Security Training Programs. Let us see how following just these two things, will strengthen your system security.
A Patch is a piece of software designed to update a computer program or its supporting data, to fix or improve it. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs with such Patches, usually called bug-fixes, and improving the usability or performance. Patching is the process of repairing system vulnerabilities which are discovered after the infrastructure components have been released on the market. Patches apply to many different parts of an information system which include operating systems, servers, routers, desktops, email clients, office suites, mobile devices, firewalls, and many other components that exist within the network infrastructure.
The failure to apply Patches in a timely way after they become available is a universal and damaging issue. If you’re new or behind on your Patching, Patch Management can quickly become tedious or confusing. It may prompt inconsistencies in how and when you Patch, which can sink even more of your time and resources. The quality or age of your Patches can also affect how effective they are. For example, some Patches can break existing applications, cause disruptions, or expose you to more vulnerabilities.
One way to start developing your Patch Management policy is to analyze and take note of your specific security needs and current IT resources. It can help you build a schedule, prioritize your Patches, and determine your best Patch Management practices.
Once you have your Patch Management system and policy, it’s time to update your users!
Your IT team should be informed of all changes to Patch Management strategy to ensure that the best policies are being enforced.
- Train your team to use your Patch Management solution
- Make sure your team understands the importance of Patching
- Inform the team about the Patching schedule and explain why specific Patches may be prioritized over others
- Explain what the consequences are of not Patching, and why unpatched software is a significant vulnerability
- Teach your team on how systems are Patched
- Make sure your team knows how to recognize and avoid authorizing fake or malicious Patches
Patching doesn’t have to be a weak link in your security defense. With a few steps, you can build a simple Patch Management strategy that benefits your business and supports your overall cybersecurity strategy.
Lumen21 Tech Support teams have expertise in providing Patch Management services. Lumen21 teams perform Patching based on Microsoft security Patch release on all systems for their clients which include the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Patch Management. And Patching reports are generated on a monthly basis if any issues are found in Patching, then the Lumen21 team works accordingly to resolve the issue.
The other best defense you can implement isn’t software or a device. It’s training. For as long as computers have been around, social engineering threats, usually through internet browsers or email, has competed with unpatched software as the leading cause of most root exploits.
If you are not educating your employees on cybersecurity best practices, you are missing a significant opportunity for improvement in your entire cybersecurity profile. Your employees have access to a lot of data and their ability to protect and secure your company’s data will help to protect you from data breaches. Awareness gets your end users thinking about the way they act, and education gives them the knowledge they need to change the way they work.
Significantly improving your computer security posture doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. The two best things you can do is to
- Improve your Patch Management, and
- Train your team on Security Awareness.
Both are relatively low cost and you’re probably already doing them. You just need to do them better.