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    Keeping up with patches...

    By on Monday, May 11, 2015

    IT environments are becoming increasingly more diverse and complex, and consequently harder to manage. Mobility, along with increasing numbers of "smart" devices, has led to a significant increase in the number and types of devices that are connected to corporate networks, devices that businesses  must now track, manage and secure.

    The scope of the problem becomes even larger when you also consider the number of different platforms that need to be managed - these include Windows, Windows Server, Mac OS, Linux and iOS.

    I recently blogged about internet vulnerabilities and these seem to be gaining press coverage on a more frequent basis. So what can be done to ensure that your system(s) stay secure?

    A no-brainer to me is patch management. Making sure your systems are up to date can help. Not long after vulnerabilities are discovered we start to see system updates for Mac OS, Windows etc…

    The updates essentially close the door on these vulnerabilities.

    If you walk away from your home thinking you had left the front door unlocked then you would check to make sure it was in fact locked. Why do we do this? It is to prevent your personal possessions being stolen. Yet when it comes to information we seem to be less concerned.

    You would double check your door to make sure it was locked but often people cannot be bothered to install an update to close the door on vulnerability. This is crazy?

    At Veratta we help our clients stay aware, but more importantly ensure that they act. We have seen cases where, prior to our involvement, nobody thought to check that patches were up to date. We have seen a case where a server hadn’t been patched in over two years.

    When was the last time your IT team updated your servers?

    By applying a common sense approach we ensure that our clients keep the risks associated with these vulnerabilities to an acceptable level.

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