Patching is Crucial in the Fight Against Ransomware


While some organizations lack the resources needed to stay on top of some important cybersecurity best practices, some of those practices are easy to implement and can end up having a significant impact on whether you fall victim to a cyberattack. One common overlooked best practice is software patching.

The risks and dangers from failing to proactively manage technology patches and updates could be detrimental to a business. A common entry point for ransomware attacks is through software vulnerabilities. Software, including operating systems, applications, and security software, is never perfect and always contains weaknesses or flaws in the code.

Patches are not automatically applied to software and if you are running on-premises systems, software, and applications, the process is still a bit cumbersome. Ransomware attackers actively search for systems that do not have the latest security patch applied using an automated scanning software. When an unpatched system is discovered, attackers often exploit the known vulnerability to gain initial access. Once inside, the cybercriminal deploys ransomware to encrypt data and demand a ransom.

If your organization consistently applies patches and updates, you are protecting your system from known security threats that could be exploited by cybercriminals. Other benefits could include system stability, improved software performance, and avoiding permanent data loss.

Does your business have a plan in place to ensure software patches are applied timely and consistently? If not or if you are interested in learning more about how 2W Tech can help you achieve this, give us a call today!

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