Thank You For Not Patching
New studies show how patching continues to impact most organizations with real consequences.
Nearly 60% of organizations that suffered a data breach in the past two years cite as the culprit a known vulnerability for which they had not yet patched.
Half of organizations in a new Ponemon Institute study conducted on behalf of ServiceNow say they were hit with one or more data breaches in the past two years, and 34% say they knew their systems were vulnerable prior to the attack. The study surveyed nearly 3,000 IT professionals worldwide on their patching practices.
Patching software security flaws by now should seem like a no-brainer for organizations, yet most organizations still struggle to keep up with and manage the process of applying software updates. “Detecting and prioritizing and getting vulnerabilities solved seems to be the most significant thing an organization can do [to prevent] getting breached,” says Piero DePaoli, senior director of marketing at ServiceNow, of the report.
“Once a vulnerability and patch are announced, the race is on,” he says. “How fast can a hacker weaponize it and take advantage of it” before organizations can get their patches applied, he says.
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