There is a constant threat from cyber criminals seeking to exploit weaknesses within complex information systems. One of the most underestimated aspects of cyber security is the regular updating of software and installation of patches. We know it's easy to mute notifications from IT and your device as it can be an interruption to your working day, however this basic practice can serve as the backbone of your cyber security culture.
Everyone in the organisation can contribute to the robust security of your systems by routinely updating software, and this isn't only important at an organisation level, but for your personal devices too.
Enhancing security: Software updates often include patches for vulnerabilities that cyber criminals exploit to infiltrate networks. By keeping software up to date, you can mitigate potential zero-day vulnerabilities and enhance the overall security posture.
Maintaining system stability: Updates and patches not only address security flaws but also improve the overall performance and stability of software and devices. This is to ensure fewer crashes or errors, smoother use of apps and integrated software, making sure your operations are as uninterrupted as possible. Updating and patching when requested can speed up your workday rather than slow it down.
Ignoring or delaying software updates and patch installations can have severe consequences, especially for organisations that deal with sensitive data.
Damage to brand reputation: Customers are the lifeblood of your organisation. In the event of a breach, beyond the immediate financial loss, the damage to your organisation's reputation can be significant. Customers and employees alike trust with their sensitive data, and any breach can severely impact customer trust and loyalty.
Financial consequences: Breaches can lead to direct financial losses due to fraud or disruption of services. Additionally, the costs related to investigation, mitigation, recovery, and potential regulatory fines can multiply the financial impact. At its worst, job security can be lost, and the organisation's business can be scaled back.
The concept of regular software updates and patch management extends far beyond the confines of strictly your work or business devices. From smartphones to home routers, every device within your digital ecosystem plays a role in maintaining overall cyber security.
Overseeing customers' data is a heavy burden to carry security wise, and staying a step ahead of cyber crime is paramount. Regular software updates and effective patch management are key components of a resilient cyber security strategy that we can all be a part of. To find out more about simple things you can do to elevate your organisation's cyber resilience, request a demo of our training platform now.