Operating System (OS) patching is critical to keeping IT Systems and applications safe from malicious users, intent on exploiting vulnerabilities within the Operating Systems of an organisation’s IT services.
Operating System providers invest considerable effort into identifying and patching vulnerabilities within their operating systems, providing patches or updates to fix these security-related issues.
The tools and techniques used to patch operating systems vary and are dependent on each organisation’s specific business needs and the operating systems in use.
One in three data security breaches are caused by unpatched vulnerabilities.
Patch management is an important part of maintaining a secure ICT environment. Patching tasks may include:
The ACSC has also put in place the following recommendations for organisations:
Introspectus helps organisations to maintain control over IT security patching of their business environment. We do this by:
Introspectus performs daily tests on each endpoint to provide organisations with confidence that their patching regime is effective.
Introspectus reports confirm that patches have been deployed to all endpoints and identify details of missing patches.
Introspectus lets organisations confidently report to their management/board that their patching regime is operating efficiently.