Are you patching your operating systems? If the answer is yes, how long does it take for you to get around to it? The longer it takes you, the more you expose your business to cyber security threats.
Patching operating systems and firmware is similar to patching applications. This is vital for protecting your data. When operating systems become outdated, they expose your business to a high risk of security breaches.
Throughout the life of an operating system, there maybe bugs and vulnerabilities identified. Vendors release patches to address these as well as to ensure the security of the software.
Hackers will take advantage
When you do not scan your system daily for vulnerabilities, hackers will quickly take advantage of any vulnerabilities in your system.
Basically, ensuring maximum protection your operating systems is simple. Usually you receive a notification when the vendor releases an update. Often your system automatically notifies you when the updates are ready to install. For example, Microsoft automatically programs its operating system updates on personal devices so there is no reason to miss one. But it may not be that simple on business systems.
You also need to be vigilant to ensure that once a vendor stops supporting an operating system, you do something about it. When a vendor no longer supports its software, it is like leaving your cash in a bank that has no security. Hackers will do everything they can to take advantage of your mistake before you even realise it.
Maturity level strategies
Keeping your operating system updated is essential to prevent security risks. The Essential Eight security strategies from the Australian Cyber Security Centre has a strategy for patching operating systems.
Under the Essential Eight strategies, there are three levels of maturity. The following is a summary:
- Maturity Level One. At Maturity Level One, operating systems with security vulnerabilities that cause extreme risks are either updated, patched or migrated within a month of identifying security risks. Also, workstation operating systems, ICT equipment and servers no longer supported by vendors need replacing or updating to ones that receive vendor support.
- Maturity Level Two. Maturity Level Two builds on Level One by either updating, patching or migrating operating systems within two weeks of identifying security risks.
- Maturity Level Three. Level Three builds on the previous two levels. Update, patch or migrate operating systems or firmware within 48 hours of identifying security risks. Also an automated mechanism confirms and records the correct installation of patches or updates.
The Rightsize technical team takes the time to understand the risks to your business and works with you to design an effective solution to defend against probable events.
Contact us now for a free consultation or call 07 3106 7348 to find out more about The Essential Eight and its implementation to protect your business. Rightsize Technology is your IT department as a service. Our solutions protect you online.
Enabling your business to grow efficiently and effectively – we’re the Rightsize for you.
Small businesses struggle to budget their IT operations and often spend inefficiently with less than a great return on their investment. Rightsize Technology understand. We deliver a minimum 30% reduction on IT overheads as a dedicated outside IT department for our clients. Our unlimited 24×7 support, both on and offsite increases business productivity and capacity, enabling their business to grow efficiently and effectively – we’re the Rightsize for growing small businesses. Talk to our team today for more information.