It seems like you’ve just updated your operating system last month, now another patch is waiting to be installed. How often do you just leave it “until later” because you don’t want to interrupt what you’re doing?
This happens in offices every day when it comes to applying security patches and updates, but if those updates aren’t installed in a timely manner, your data can be at risk.
Nearly a million new malware threats are released every day according to CNN Tech. Technology companies are racing to keep up and patch any security vulnerabilities in their operating systems and software, but if the patches they send out aren’t applied, a company’s entire network is vulnerable.
Cyber crime damage costs are expected to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021
Cybercrime continues to grow and businesses, both large and small, are in their sights. Not only your data is at risk, if you are subject to HIPAA compliance, security vulnerabilities can mean fines or worse.
At Clockwork Networks, we work with companies in Castle Rock, CO every day to help ensure a smooth and automated process for staying up to date on all operating system and 3rd party software patches and updates to keep their system sealed tight as a drum against intruders.
What’s Inside Security Patches and Updates?
While there can be some cross over in what they do, patches and updates for computers and devices do have some differences. Security patches are all about data protection and bug fixes, where software updates can also include adding new features and compatibility with other programs.
Both are important to keeping your office running smoothly and ensuring no security issues with PCI or HIPAA compliance.
Patches and Updates Can…
- Address security vulnerabilities
- Add protections against new virus and malware threats
- Fix operating system or software bugs
- Update device drivers
- Add new program features
What Happens If I Don’t Apply Updates or Patches?
When our Support Team at Clockwork Networks is out helping clients in Castle Rock keep their technology up to date, we often run into computer or devices that haven’t been updated for a while.
It’s not uncommon for some employees to apply every single update that comes along, while others rarely get around to updating (that little popup window can be annoying!). Any computer without the latest security patch is a weak link in your network.
Our goal is to help the businesses we work with ensure all computers are updated regularly so there are no “holes” in their security and their entire network remains protected.
So, what can happen if you’re not updating or applying patches regularly?
The biggest risk in not keeping your servers, computers, and mobile devices updated is that you leave yourself open to security breaches. Just a single device on your network can open the door to a virus, ransomware, or malware that can cost you big time.
While you may think that cybercriminals are only after larger companies, that’s not the case. According to CNBC a wave of new viruses are targeting smaller companies because cyber criminals often find them easier to breach.
Have you ever had a software or printer stop communicating suddenly with your computer? You had no issues before, now every time you want to print you have to shut things off, back on, and hope for the best. This can be a conflict due to one system being updated and the other not.
Compatibility conflicts can arise with programs and hardware if systems aren’t all regularly updated.
Do you collect credit cards for payments or keep patient records in your system? If so, you’re probably familiar with PCI (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Both have requirements for collecting, storing, and transmitting customer data securely.
One missed update, can put you at risk for a compliance violation. We know a thing or two about keeping companies up to date with their PCI and HIPAA compliance because we have over 20 years of industry experience.
How to Ensure Your Office Network Stays Up To Date
Once you know the importance of installing operating system and 3rd party software security patches and updates regularly, the next step is putting a plan into action to make that happen.
While managers can simply request that all employees keep their computers updated, it’s easy to miss an important patch in the midst of a busy day. While some companies have an in house IT staff that ensures all patches and updates are applied everywhere, not all companies have that option.
Working with an IT partner like Clockwork Networks can take a big job off your plate for a very affordable price. As part of our proactive Preventative Maintenance / Managed Services Plan, we ensure that your computers and other devices are always kept updated with the latest release and your data is protected.
Are All Your Devices Up to Date? Call Us to Find Out!
Let us help you ensure all security patches and updates are installed and running smoothly on your network. We’re here to help your business thrive! Give us a call today at 303-588-9019.