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Preventing cyber attacks by updating software


Maintaining the security of our computers and devices is more important than ever in today's world. With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated and prevalent, it's critical to take steps to protect ourselves from potential attacks.

While this may seem extremely simple in theory, one of the most effective ways to do this is by running routine software updates.

Why are software updates essential for maintaining the security of your computer or device? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Security patches: Software updates often include security patches that fix known vulnerabilities in the software. These vulnerabilities may be exploited by cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to your system or steal sensitive data. By installing updates as soon as they become available, you can ensure that your system is protected against the latest threats.
  2. Bug fixes: In addition to security patches, software updates may also include bug fixes that improve the overall performance and stability of your software. These fixes can help prevent crashes or other issues that could potentially cause data loss. By keeping your software up to date, you can avoid these types of problems and ensure that your system is running smoothly.
  3. New features: Software updates may also introduce new features and functionality that can enhance your user experience and productivity. By taking advantage of these new features, you can improve your efficiency and make the most of your software.
  4. Compatibility: Updated software is more likely to be compatible with other software and devices that you use. This can help prevent compatibility issues and improve the overall functionality of your system.
  5. Compliance: For businesses and organizations, running updated software may be necessary to comply with industry regulations or government mandates. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines or other penalties, so it's important to stay up to date with the latest software updates to ensure compliance.

The frequency of vulnerability patch updates varies depending on the software provider, the severity of the vulnerability, and the complexity of the software. For many of the large software providers that fall in the LRS Security Portfolio, such as IBM, Cisco, Dell and Linux, updates are published on a routine basis.

For instance, Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month, which is commonly known as "Patch Tuesday." These updates address any known vulnerabilities in Microsoft products and are designed to keep users' systems secure. Other software providers release updates as needed, depending on the nature of the software and the level of threat posed by vulnerabilities.

Regardless of the frequency of updates, it is important to install them as soon as they become available. Cybercriminals are constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities to exploit, and delaying the installation of a patch only makes your system more vulnerable. This can leave your data at risk of being stolen or compromised and can even result in system crashes and downtime.

In conclusion, regular vulnerability patch updates and running the latest software version can help protect your system against cyber threats and keep your data secure. The next time you see a software update notification, don't ignore it! Take the time to install the update and keep your system secure.

If you have questions about updating software and facilitating vulnerability patches within your environment, just contact us for assistance.

About the author

Devin Ball is an Account Executive specializing in cybersecurity solutions for businesses. Devin works closely with organizations to identify and address critical vulnerabilities, implementing state-of-the-art security protocols to safeguard against cyber threats.