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Improving Patch and Vulnerability Management with Proactive Security Analysis

Vulnerability management is the continuous process of identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in an organization’s IT infrastructure, while patch management is the process of accessing, testing, and installing patches that fix bugs or address known security vulnerabilities in software applications. Vulnerability management and patch management are crucial SecOps processes that protect IT assets against cyber threats and prevent unauthorized access to secure systems.

Stay Ahead of Known Vulnerabilities with Automated Patch Management

The consequences of not patching are everywhere: remember the Log4j vulnerability that grants hackers complete access to your devices? The best way to prevent this from happening is to use a patched version of Log4j — so why did this become a catastrophic and prolific security vulnerability event? A: Because people hate, forget, or simply dismiss patching as a labor-intensive part of managing their infrastructure.

Patch or Perish: Secure Your Data Center with Firmware Management

Firmware is the permanent software programmed into a device’s read-only memory. It provides the low-level control for the device’s specific hardware. In a data center, firmware is embedded in various components such as servers, storage devices, and networking equipment. Firmware management involves the processes and tools necessary to update, maintain, and monitor these firmware systems.

What is Patch Management? A Complete Guide

Let us begin with an example that underlines the importance of patch management. Software vulnerabilities are real, irrespective of the business entity. One of the leading healthcare organizations providing data for more than 10 million people had an adverse situation in 2023. Their focus group revealed that while there was a nod to patch management, the prioritization was not taken seriously due to a lack of resources and perceived minimal risks.

Best practices for scheduling security patching automations

In this webinar, you’ll learn about Canonical's release schedule for Ubuntu and its security updates, and how you can use this information to set optimal manual and automated security patching maintenance intervals. There are a variety of tools, such as Livepatch, Landscape, Snaps, and command line utilities like unattended-upgrades that provide security patching automation capabilities. We’ll cover how each one works, and how you can combine them for maximum benefit. We’ll also cover the nuances between reboot recommended and reboot required.

Ways to Build Cybersecurity Resilience: Defending Against New Threats

In today's digital age, where cyber threats loom larger and more complex than ever, building cybersecurity resilience isn't just advisable-it's imperative. Each day, new vulnerabilities are discovered and exploited by cybercriminals who are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods. This reality makes it crucial for both individuals and organizations to fortify their cyber defenses to protect sensitive data and maintain business continuity.

Top Vulnerabilities and the Power of Patch Management

The cybersecurity landscape in 2023 was increasingly complex, marked by sophisticated types of cyber threats such as ransomware and cyber espionage. Over half of the high-risk vulnerabilities were exploited by threat actors, with ransomware payouts averaging a significant $1,542,333, up from $812,380 in 2022. Phishing attacks dominated, accounting for over 80% of incidents, and 57% of organizations experienced frequent phishing attempts. Additionally, 4,000 ransomware attacks occurred daily since 2016.