Most Malware is Preventable: The Importance of Regular Patches

Most Malware is Preventable: The Importance of Regular Patches on cyberguard360.comIs your organization doing enough to protect your sensitive data from malware?

Would you be surprised that, according to Symantec, 1 in every 131 emails contained some form of malware? And if malware is so rampant, what is your organization doing to protect itself from potential harm?

Effective malware protection should be a multi-pronged approach, but there are simple steps that can be taken to drastically reduce your exposure to threats. One of the most common ways that malware can infiltrate a computer system or network is through devices with outdated firmware or software. Read on to learn the importance of regular patches and how they protect your company’s confidential data from prying eyes.

Why are regular system patches so important?

Large vendors like Microsoft, Apple, and others are constantly on the lookout for operating system vulnerabilities that can be exposed by malware and other Trojans or viruses. Those pesky update notifications that you may too often disregard are actually extremely important. By regularly updating all of the devices in your organization, you’re doing your best to ensure that your systems are properly secured from potential threats.

There’s no doubt that regularly-updated systems can still be affected by malware, but failing to update your systems and devices leaves you extremely vulnerable.

Hardware devices need to be updated as well

When most companies discuss system updates, they’re typically referring to the patches that are rolled out by the major operating system and software manufacturers. While these are extremely important, they’re not the only updates that need to be administered by your IT staff.

All of your networking equipment, which includes any routers, access points, and firewalls should also be updated regularly. These devices all have firmware that should be patched to protect against potential security threats. A good example of this was the recent “Krack” vulnerability, which only affected Wi-Fi networks. Operating system updates were not sufficient to protect against this type of attack because it targeted wireless networks and not the operating system itself.

As you can see, keeping your computer equipment up to date with the latest security patches involves much more than running a set of system updates from time to time. It’s important to take an entire inventory of the computers, mobile devices, and networking equipment that exists on your corporate network. Once you have this inventory, you can devise a strategy to ensure that each device stays updated with the latest security patches.

Maintaining a secure network environment is growing in complexity as hackers improve

Gone are the days when a simple antivirus program was all you needed to protect your organization from potential security threats. Today’s cybercriminals are constantly evolving their strategies to cause harm. If you’re unsure of whether your cybersecurity policies are stringent enough for today’s threats, feel free to reach out to CyberGuard360.

We would be happy to set up a consultation which assesses your existing network to spot potential vulnerabilities. We have vast experience in cybersecurity compliance and stand ready to assist you in any way that we can. Give us a call today at 844-315-9882 or fill out our contact form and we’ll follow up as soon as possible.