How Secure Is Your Device? Part I - Updating Software

Updating software addresses vulnerabilities and protects your organization and devices.


Updating your device’s software addresses vulnerabilities and protects your organization. As a software issue or vulnerability is identified, vendors release patches to fix bugs, address known vulnerabilities, and improve usability or performance. Although all patches are updates, not all updates are patches. An example 0f this is when an update may be issued to upgrade software features whereas a patch may be issued to resolve a flaw that would leave you and your organization vulnerable to a data breach. If a patch is released to resolve a security issue, you should take steps to apply it as soon as possible.

Risks to Not Patching…

  • System lags or crashes during use
  • Unresponsive applications
  • Vulnerabilities that are exploited to infect devices with malware
  • Hackers gaining access to your sensitive information
  • Inaccessible features on applications

                    TIPS TO REMEMBER

  1. Patching ensures the ongoing functionality and security of devices
  2. Using a patch management system can help your organization keep devices and applications up to date
  3. Testing and examining all patches before installing them is an important step in your patch management process
  4. Using devices that are supported by the manufacturer ensures that your systems are patched and updated as necessary