Cybersafetyconnections October 3, 2022, Vol#86 

  • Tip number 2 is a very important foundation; keeping your software and systems fully patched and up to date. 
  • What is a patch and an update? 
  • Why patch? 

Patches and Software updates 

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According to Rachel Wilson, a cybersecurity expert, and head of wealth management data security and infrastructure risk at Morgan Stanley, ‘the no.1 on your-to -do-list should be keeping your systems fully patched.” Rachel Wilson was the former head of the U.S National Security Agency’s Cyber exploitation operations. Clobbering Cyberfraudsters 

The best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threat is to have the most up-to-date security software, web browser, and operating system. For best practice have the antivirus software set to run a scan after each update. Make sure key software updates are installed as soon as they are available. FCC 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses  

What are patches and updates?  

In English language to patch means to mend or repair according to Patch-3.mend, repair. A patch is a software update to existing software and operating system aimed at fixing bugs(errors) or malfunctions to make it more secure and improve its performance. While a general update may include a lot of different features, a patch which is also an update is directed at fixing an “existing security vulnerability that you did not know you had” What is a patch?, Clobbering Cyberfraudsters  

Why patch? 

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Simply put, it is important to have effective patch management in place to prevent hackers from taking advantage of bugs(errors) in software and operating systems to steal data that the hackers can then monetize. Also, note that hackers may carry out a zero-day attack before there is a fix for the bug(error).

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