What is Safeguarding Program Updates?
Safeguarding Program Updates, or patching applications, 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 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 and update 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 organisations; saving not only time and energy on manually undertaking patch updates, but further minimising risks of cyber attacks.
Our CSMS implements updating of programs and operating systems to reduce software vulnerabilities and thus increase the level of cyber security.