Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at why businesses leave themselves exposed to application vulnerabilities. We’ve talked about the scale of the problem, common obstacles, and how easy patch management can become with the right tools.
In case you missed any part of this multi-part blog catch up now:
Part two: Why Your IT Isn’t As Secure As You Think
Part four: The Practicalities of Application Patching
So what is the answer to this complicated question? Why is it that companies remain exposed to one of the fastest growing threats to their IT?
Patch management has been disjointed for too long
Think for a moment about Microsoft. Patch Tuesday (or Update Tuesday) is embedded in the IT consciousness, a regular opportunity to bring first-party applications up-to-date. Patching is structured, controlled, and convenient.
However, that’s simply not the case for third-party software.
When you’re dealing with tens, even hundreds of different vendors, it’s hard to keep up with every update. And when you consider the fact that you could use several different tools to discover your applications, find vulnerabilities, and implement patching, the workload soon spirals out of control.
Most organisations struggle to spare the resources. An approach that’s disjointed quickly becomes inefficient. Vulnerabilities get overlooked, sitting dormant for months or years on end. And, of course, those long-standing vulnerabilities you’ve forgotten about are more likely to be exploited as attackers have more time to exploit them.
The reason companies aren’t taking control of third-party patch management is because they need a way to join their process up.
A solution is needed that takes a new approach to patch management – one that’s as much focused on the quality of intelligence as the process of deploying a patch. It brings application visibility, actionable vulnerability intelligence, and automated deployment together in a single package.
As a result, all your third-party software is covered by the same centralised process.
The threat continues to grow. The risk is increasingly apparent. Attackers have shifted their methods and attack vectors.
And now is the time for us to shift our thinking about our defence.