The importance of Patch Management.

Every year more than 60% of SMBs get compromised by hackers, and these hackers are finding new ways to access your data and systems every day. Cyber threats are real, and the pressure they’re setting on all of us is increasing daily!

Network security is more important than ever before, and many companies are integrating better security measures to lower the risk of breaches on their systems, including Patch Management; it’s often ignored as part of a data security solution, but it’s probably one of the most important things to have in today’s environment.

Patch Management – Explained.

A patch is a piece of code that improves a program already installed into your system, think of it as an update. If a bug is found on a program already installed on your machine, a patch would be created to fix this issue without the need of reworking the entire code.

Patches can be applied to all facets or your infrastructure, from your OS ,to your routers or even servers and many more.  It can be overwhelming to try and apply patches to all of these on a daily basis, this is where Patch Management comes into play.

As the name implies, Patch Management¬†allows you to manage all these patches and keep your systems up-to-date and secure. In Patch Management, you can look for patches and decide¬† whether or not they’re needed and make sure they’re installed and implemented correctly. Installing all of the necessary patches will reduce the likelihood of system crashes and security breaches.

The 5 benefits of Patch Management and why it’s important.

Now that we cleared what is patch management, here’s the benefits of it:

  • Security:

The most critical and obvious benefit is better network security. By securing your network before breaches can happen, you can avoid data theft, legal issues and lasting reputation damage.

  • Productivity:

Having up to date systems and programs will reduce the amount of bugs or any downtime you can have due to patches not being applied correctly or applied at all. A patch will boost productivity by keeping your systems up to date with the latest codes.

  • Compliance:

With the increase in cyber threat, regulations are increasing and companies are required to follow cyber security best practices. Failure to comply could potentially lead to legal penalties for your business. Patch management ensures you stay compliant with these standards.

  • Remote protection:

Businesses world wide are encouraging remote working nowadays, 70% of workers around the world work from home at least one day a week. So to protect yourself, patch management can be implemented as part of a remote workforce support solution to protect all of your company’s devices, no matter where in they’re located.

  • Innovation:

Keeping up with the latest technologies and updates is important in today’s world as it seems it’s evolving everyday, patch management will help you make sure you have the latest software with the latest features that could benefit your business.

The Solution

Having patch management setup either in house or outsourced is essential nowadays, keeping you secure and with the latest technology is important for a business. At Leaf we can provide you with this service, if you want to hear more please don’t hesitate to get in touch below.

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