Security Patching

Toby Peacock, Business Strategy and Solutions Manager, shares his views on the changing ways companies are protecting their organisations.

Security of IT operating systems and customer data is one of the most important issues for today’s complex IT environments.

Security management and patching is a top priority, helping to reduce the continuous threat of malicious code and compliance failure. The challenges of security patching and auditing have pushed organisations to gain better control over their information assets.

Forward-thinking companies have implemented or are in the process of developing risk management and compliance initiatives. They are adopting sustained, continuous and auditable risk management programs to address IT security as a risk.

Major problems caused by security patching include:

  • Data loss
  • System crashes
  • Productivity loss
  • Remote endpoints affected
  • Disruption of planned activities
  • Increase in IT management and security cost

CIOs and senior management agree that by reducing patch frequency they will be able to save valuable man-hours. According to Risk and Compliance Outlook by McAfee an average of 12 man-hours will be saved per week if the frequency of patching is reduced from weekly to monthly.

Even with fully automating risk and compliance management, companies need to review their weaknesses.

The above report speculates that when it’s time for an audit, many of the companies jump into a firefighting mode. However, 64 percent of companies are confident of having their internal audit reports accepted as proof of compliance by external auditors.

Benefits of Automated security patching include:

  • Reduced patch vulnerabilities, unlike manual patching where things can get overlooked or forgotten.
  • Reduced downtime, fixing major vulnerabilities in a matter of hours, unlike manual patching which can take days to apply.

If you would like to discuss how your organisation could improve the security of your IT environment, get in touch with us today.