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Understanding and Managing Patches for Your Business’s Systems and Software

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Keeping your systems and software updated is a critical part of cybersecurity. After all, 33% of breaches are due to unpatched vulnerabilities and outdated software. However, integrating the latest updates is something that’s often easier said than done.  

Todays digital tools receive a near constant stream of updates. In addition to adding new features and improving performance, many of these updates are also designed to fix errors and exploits. Software developers and hardware manufacturers are constantly checking and monitoring their products for potential flaws that can be exploited.  

When a vulnerability is discovered, they set to work on developing a patch.  

What is a Patch 

Patches are updates for software and firmware. Unlike traditional updates that typically add new features and functionality, patches are specifically focused on fixing errors, removing exploits, and preventing hackers from entering your system. 

Patches are often released along with other various updates and enhancements in a service pack. These are larger scale updates that may be released once or twice a year. More frequently, standalone security patches will be released to add additional protection and mitigate vulnerabilities. For situations where a specific issue needs to be corrected as soon as possible, a hotfix might be released. 

Managing Patch Installation 

It’s critical to keep up-to-date with the latest patches. However, installing them can sometimes come with risks. Modifying your software typically requires your systems to go offline for a period of time. Additionally, updates can potentially cause errors and exploits of their own.  

The longer a business goes without installing a patch, however, the more vulnerable their systems become. 

Unfortunately, businesses often lack a process for rolling out patches and updates. In many cases, they simply don’t have the manpower or infrastructure to properly coordinate the latest updates. This can lead to headaches, crashes, poor system performance, and worst of all, security breaches.  

We can help with that. 

As a third-party IT partner, we provide a variety of services for businesses of all sizes, including managing patches and updates. Our Dayton, Ohio IT consultants can help develop and implement a plan that includes patch prioritization, testing, rollout, and monitoring. 

With Expedient Technology Solutions, you can keep your systems updated and running without having to worry about outages and errors. Take the stress out of IT. Contact Experient Technology Solutions today! 

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