Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This age old advice is easily applied to the digital world we live in today. Computers, applications and networks are under constant attack by hackers who are extremely motivated by big financial gains. An effective patch and vulnerability management program has the ability to stop most hackers dead in their tracks. It greatly reduces the risk associated with the exploitation of a neglected or un-patched computer system.
An ounce of prevention, in this case – patching computers and applications, is worth a pound of cure, in this case – the cost of responding to a cybersecurity incident or data breach.
Year after year, we learn that the vast majority of successful cyber-attacks exploited unpatched computers and / or unpatched applications. What is even more interesting is that most of the patches for these compromised systems had been available to install for months, if not years prior to the cyber-attack.
There is no doubt that the combination of routine vulnerability scanning and the timely installation of system patches will make it much more difficult for a hack to compromise your computer systems and information.
There are seven steps you must take to build an effective patch and vulnerability management program:
It is common to see the responsibility of creating and maintaining a patch and vulnerability management program assigned to the Network Administrator or outsourced to a Third Party Service Provider.
Patching equals prevention and remember – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Patching is easy to do, inexpensive and is an incredibly effective cyber-security defense. Happy Patching.