The Importance of Software Patch Management

Your business’ software should be updated regularly to stay up to date with the latest patches and updates that are released. Without these, your software can quickly become obsolete or even susceptible to attacks from hackers who take advantage of software vulnerabilities in older software releases.

Many software companies will release small updates that don’t require a full system update, which can be installed in the background. These are important because they address software bugs and weaknesses without having to wait for an entirely new software version to get released.

Your software will typically notify you when it is out of date and needs an update, but if this doesn’t happen, you can manually check by going to the software company’s website. Look at what version is currently available on their site and compare it to what you have installed. We recommend creating an inventory of all your software, so you can keep track of what has been updated and what is waiting on an update.

It is important to keep in mind that updating software doesn’t always go as planned. Things can happen that can cause the software update to fail, so you must monitor the updates to ensure they were done properly and address any issues in a timely matter to avoid any vulnerabilities.

Need assistance keeping your systems up to date? The NSA Touch is here to help! Count on our years of experience to help put a software patch management solution in place so that your business is running safely and securely at all times. Contact our team to learn more.

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