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ata security is a crucial part of any business that holds sensitive information about their customers or users, be it credit card details, social security numbers, health records, or addresses. In the past decade, much of this data has moved into cloud-native databases, and several recent breaches have highlighted the importance of strong data security for all organizations. Large retailers such as Target have been victim to breaches which have compromised millions of credit card numbers. Social security numbers and healthcare records have been stolen from corporations including Equifax and healthcare systems such as the UK’s National Health Service.

As a result of these breaches, the public is becoming more attuned to cybersecurity and the risks associated with poor data security practices. A study by Pew Research Group in 2017 found that 49% of Americans feel their personal information is less secure than it was 5 years ago, and just 12% reported a high level of confidence that the federal government can keep their personal data adequately protected. In order to regain the trust of the customers they serve, businesses must prioritize strong data security, meaning they are maintaining and protecting their threat surface, quickly patching known vulnerabilities, and taking other measures to ensure attackers cannot gain access to their systems and sensitive data.

Regular patching is one of the most important aspects of maintaining good security practices. Many of the recent large-scale data breaches have been caused by unpatched vulnerabilities in common operating systems and 3rd party applications. This is because hackers are always looking for the easiest way into a network, and when new vulnerabilities are announced exploits are quickly developed, making it simple for hackers to gain access through unpatched systems. If you fail to apply necessary patches quickly, you’re a prime target for attackers looking to steal sensitive data and sell it or hold it as ransom.

Unfortunately, many companies neglect patching, believing that other security matters are more pressing, or that patching requires a large amount of time and effort. It’s true that if patching is done manually it can take weeks to get your entire infrastructure up to date. Nearly half of IT managers admit to feeling unable to keep up with their patching needs. Companies often find themselves using several patching tools to update various systems, some of which require complex scripting.

Even then, patches may be missed as visibility across multiple systems is difficult. To avoid this, companies should take advantage of modern patching automation systems like Automox, which patch all systems from a central location. This dramatically reduces the time and resources required to get and stay patched.

Automox is a cloud-native patch automation solution that automates the patching process for Windows, Mac, Linux, and popular 3rd party applications. Simply install a lightweight agent on all endpoints which then tracks patch status, applies new patches when they are released, and provides detailed reporting on patched and unpatched vulnerabilities. When a system like this is in place, patches are applied quickly, reducing your attack surface and improving your cyber hygiene. This improves overall data security and saves money in terms of labor and tool costs.

With an increased spotlight on data security from consumers to boardrooms to regulators, you have to be vigilant about data security practices. A powerful yet simple first step is to ensure all systems are patched and up-to-date.

About Automox

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Experience modern, cloud-native patch management today with a 15-day free trial of Automox and start recapturing more than half the time you're currently spending on managing your attack surface. Automox dramatically reduces corporate risk while raising operational efficiency to deliver best-in-class security outcomes, faster and with fewer resources.

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