Generally, when you hear someone mention needing to patch something, you imagine something haphazard – usually involving duct tape. In most scenarios, that image probably isn’t too far off. But when it comes to your business’ payment system, patches are precise, and a vital part of keeping your sensitive data secure. They’re also a part of staying PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant.
Where technology is concerned, a patch is a piece of code created to correct flaws in software and applications. Small mistakes made by the programmer can leave vulnerabilities in the software your business relies on. And hackers are more than happy to exploit those weaknesses to gain access to your payment data. By installing patches and updates on a regular basis, you’re actually cutting off the main entry point for cybercriminals.
Since the majority of data breaches are caused by leaving these flaws unaddressed, it’s critical that you are aware of updates as they are made available, and are making sure they’re being applied quickly. If the programmers know a particular flaw exists, it’s practically a given that a hacker or two know about it as well. And this doesn’t just apply to your payment system. Your IT infrastructure as a whole needs to be updated routinely to keep your payment data safe.
Some of the programs, applications, and software that should always have the latest patches installed as they become available include:
Talk to your payment system vendor, as well as any other vendors or providers about how they go about releasing these updates and patches, how they notify clients that updates and patches are available and whether the provider themselves will apply them or left up to you to install.
Once you have a clear picture of what your update routine looks like, get in touch with your IT support provider. They can help make sure things that need to be handled on your end are done, and done correctly, as well as address any other concerns or questions your might have about PCI compliance.
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