Patch Application

Managing application patches is an Australian Cyber Security Centre recommended strategy for minimising cyber-attacks.

Patch Applications

Managing Patch Applications is a cyber-attack prevention strategy and part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Essential 8 recommendations. Patch management involves regular software updates to ensures that any known application vulnerabilities are resolved.

Patching Applications vastly minimizes the risk of cyber-attacks, as programs are regularly fixed (patched) to ensure malicious code (malware) cannot access a computer system via a faulty or old software programs. Patch Application management is included across all our Cybersecurity Management System (CSMS).

What is Patch Application?

Patch Application is the process of installing a code (or patch) into mainstream business applications to fix a vulnerability. Vulnerabilities are design flaws, glitches in a system, or failed updates which create a weakness in the software that can be exploited by hackers. This means it becomes easier for hackers to gain access to a computer or network via software and install malware.

Patches for vulnerabilities are usually created by the respective software company. The process of Patch Application involves undertaking scans of all programs and application on the computer network, determining if everything is up to date with the latest versions and patches, and (if they are not up to date) installing new patches for the software as required. The ACSC advises that for maximum protection this should be done every 48 hours.

Successful Patch Application management also involves deciding which patches are priorities for systems and scheduling efficient installation. With a patch management system, this process can be seamless for organizations; saving not only time and energy on manually undertaking patch updates, but further minimizing risks of cyber-attacks.

All our CSMS packages implement patching of applications and operating systems to minimize software vulnerabilities and thus increase the level of cybersecurity.

Benefits of

Patch Application

Patch Application is an (ACSC) Essential 8 mitigation strategy to prevent malware delivery and execution. Many businesses undertake patch management on an ad-hoc basis for key programs such as MS Office. However, there are many benefits of undertaking proactive and structured patch management.

Five reasons to implement a
Patch Application strategy

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MINIMISE COMPANY EXPLOITATION
a Patch Application strategy is one of the first lines of defense
against cyber-attacks. Old program and application versions can
have vulnerabilities; which make it easier for hackers to gain
access to computer systems and exploit companies. Proactive
Patch Application minimizes the risk of hackers entering a
system via software.
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SECURE THE BUSINESS NETWORKS
Macro viruses are often the result of someone clicking on a  malicious email or downloading an infected file online. Often this mistake is innocent, however, if a company does not have appropriate macro settings, the malicious macro can cause grave companywide damage. Yet the macro can also cause damage to the user, such as sending emails from their inbox or creating and deleting files or images. Further, the macro can find personal information, resulting in individual extortion. Configuration of macro settings can prevent both business and personal exposure.
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INCREASE UPDATE EFFICIENCIES
Automated and proactive patching can increase both the IT department and overall company efficiency. Scheduled updates across networks can be undertaken at strategically convenient times for companies, reducing downtime and frustration.
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MORE THAN JUST A SECURITY PATCH
Whilst security is the major reason for installing patches, often they are much more valuable. Patches can include new program additions, improved features and functionalities as well as extended integrations. This means employees are always utilising the latest software versions.
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CONTINUOUS PROGRAM UPGRADES
Patches are primarily created by the associated software company and offered free to anyone who has that software. However, many businesses don’t take advantage of the upgrade. Why not install free upgrades on all your programs on a regular basis?

Implementing a Patch Application strategy

Patch management can be undertaken manually on an ad-hoc basis, or strategically and proactively via a patch management system. Whilst ad-hoc management is usually enough to support personal use computers, businesses should ensure they have a structured automated system in place.

Via our patch management system, businesses can implement patch management effectively and immediately. Our team not only supports system installation but also establishes automation requirements to suit your needs. Therefore, there is minimal regular system management required from your business. Our system also adheres to the (ACSC) Essential 8 recommendation of reviewing patch requirements every 48hours.

Our system validates new patches to ensure they are trusted as well as tests patches to check for incompatibilities or issues. Further, we can provide reports of all updates on a regular basis.
Due to its importance, all our CSMS include management of both patching applications as well as Patching Operating Systems.

Please note: patching of your business applications (beyond mainstream apps) should be a responsibility of your software provider and within your support agreement with that provider.