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Patching Turns More Crucial While Ensuring Data security

Data security has always been an urgent concern for the security industry. However, the changed circumstances have indirectly led to different challenges to tackle. As a result, security experts have been reeling under pressure to come up with innovative solutions, especially in the recent times.

Patching is something that is often side-lined by data security professionals. However, the ever-rising challenges in the security industry have led to a situation wherein nothing should be missed.

The rise in the incidents of data breaches has forced people to try out all the available options. However, known susceptibilities can’t be ignored and should be approached quickly.

Patches fix security holes in software. Anyone who keenly follows cyber issues is convinced that a new vulnerability is being noticed every other day. That’s why patch management turns crucial for the current data security industry. Patches are introduced to fix these susceptibilities.

Appropriate and timely patching is crucial for adequate cyber security. Whenever a new patch is released, cyber hackers readily identify the vulnerability beneath the application. Then, they release malware to leverage it. If the hacking is carried out before the vulnerability is patched, the chances of a potential data breach are high.

Surveys have highlighted how unpatched vulnerabilities lead to plenty of data breaches.

Here is a list of some direct consequences of lack of patching:

  • Increased exposure to cyber attackers as vulnerabilities remain unpatched
  • The enterprise becomes less trustworthy
  • Substantial financial losses due to cyber attacks
  • Lack of compliance

Implementing patch management policies is a must-follow step in patch management. Having a patch management policy will ensure that the process of patching is carried out effectively and as per the organization’s requirements.

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