Did you know that the most common way cybercriminals get into a network is through loopholes in popular software, applications, and programs? Despite how advanced modern software is, it is still designed by humans, and the fact is that humans make mistakes. Due to this, much of the software you rely on to get work done every day could have flaws — or “exploits” — that leave you vulnerable to security breaches.

Many of the most common malware and viruses used by cybercriminals today are based on exploiting those programming flaws; to address this, developers regularly release software patches and updates to fix those flaws and protect the users. This is why it’s imperative that you keep your applications and systems up to date.

That’s exactly what Senior Security Expert Tim Richter covers in the latest installment of the RCOR Technologies’ Security Series. Watch the episode right away, see below.

Unfortunately, most users find updates to be tedious and time-consuming and often opt to just click “Remind Me Later” instead of sitting through an often inconvenient update process.

Comprehensive and regular patch management is a crucial part of proper IT security. Some of the worst data breaches are based on “zero-day exploits”, which are based on exploits found by hackers but not by the developers, leading to severe security risks and an immediate need for patching.

In order to maintain a secure IT environment, you either have to ensure your staff is staying on top of all incoming updates or better yet, you need to work with a reliable IT Managed Services Provider like RCOR to take care of it for you. Otherwise, your outdated software is essentially a ticking time bomb, putting your business at greater risk with each day that passes.

To learn more about update and patch management, contact RCOR right away at (919) 313-9355 or send us an email at tim@rcor.com.