Updating Software and Installing Patches Still Leaves your Network Vulnerable

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Updating Software and Installing Patches Still Leaves your Network Vulnerable

An all too common cyberattack strategy involves scanning the target’s system for vulnerabilities. Once a weakness is discovered, hackers use it to their advantage. And for cybercriminals, it’s not the size of the business that matters, it’s the ease of access. Just as threats are continuously evolving, so too is patch management.  

According to a recent survey, the patch management market is expected to grow to a total value of just over $1 billion by 2026, with the banking and healthcare sectors anticipating the most growth.  And it makes sense when 60% of breaches are a result of failure to apply available patches. Many organizations learned this the hard way in late 2021 when they failed to apply a variety of important Microsoft’s patches. 

One of the easiest targets is exploit are known issues in software and operating systems. Many companies think that simply staying current on security patches will keep their systems in good health.  

Unfortunately, that assumption poses two risks: 

  1. A vulnerability must become known before a patch can be developed. What if cybercriminals discover the weakness before the software vendor?  
  2. Patches won’t fix misconfigurations when a system is deployed in a misconfigured state. The system will remain in that misconfigured state no matter how many patches are deployed…until a vulnerability scan detects the issues. 

That’s not to say that identifying issues and patching them isn’t a critical part of eliminating vulnerabilities, because it is. A vulnerability scan helps you identify what needs to be patched as well as a variety of other potential issues. Periodic vulnerability scans are a no brainer. 

For IT professionals and MSPs who recognize the need for patching and the value in vulnerability scans there’s VulScan by RapidFire Tools. It includes everything you need to improve network security without breaking the bank. 

VulScan delivers all the features you need and allows you to perform as many scans as you want, as frequently as you want, for as many assets, at any site — all for one low monthly cost. 

Click here to get your demo of VulScan and learn more about how it helps you better protect your networks.