Is Patch Management enough to keep your IT infrastructure secure?

We all know the benefits of a good Patch Management solution, however, recently we have seen some businesses invest in Patch Management thinking it’s the answer to defeating cyber-crime. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. A Patch Management solution, on its own, may not be robust enough to fully protect against, and recover from, a cyber-attack.

Why invest in a Patch Management solution at all then?

Patch Management is a vital tool in your armoury to help keep your business secure and an essential element in trying to stop a cyber-attack. To say it’s not necessary is missing the point as it’s critical for not only highlighting, but fixing, vulnerabilities, making it a proactive approach to cyber-crime.

With cyber-attacks appearing more frequently in the news, it’s imperative businesses keep their devices updated to help stop hackers exploiting security weaknesses. In fact, with your devices patched you are less likely to be affected by a cyber-attack as around 70% of cyber-attacks exploit known vulnerabilities. A patched server or PC is less susceptible to malware and other viruses, it’s that simple.

Because of its benefits to any organisation, over the years Patch Management has become a crucial tool in modern business’ IT security strategies. However, with cyber-crime increasing and cyber-attackers using new innovative ways of hacking IT infrastructures, what happens when they manage to evade your security and actually get through? Once a cyber-attack has occurred, Patch Management can’t help you.

Patch Management unfortunately isn’t the holy grail in defeating cyber-crime, in fact not one single product is, and organisations need to think of the bigger picture when attempting to protect their IT infrastructure.

The bigger picture…

Businesses now need to think holistically about their cyber security. It’s important to have a proactive strategy, but if the worst was to happen, then you also need a reactive strategy.

Businesses that are well equipped to survive a cyber-attack ensure  their IT security strategy factor in a proactive solution (Patch Management) and a reactive solution (Disaster Recovery & Backup).

Not being prepared can have a detrimental effect. Can you afford to risk losing customer details, such as account and contact information, accountancy documentation, employee records and payroll information, current and historical customer orders, stock records and projection information? A company is only as good as its data, and how you look after that data in the event of a cyber-attack can make or break your business and could ultimately leave your customer’s confidence in your organisation at an all-time low.

By investing in a Disaster Recovery solution, either via the cloud or on-site, you can potentially reclaim your systems data and be back up and running with minimal impact on your business. It’s a fast and effective response to cyber-crime and can offer you peace of mind that you’ve prepared for the worst. With multiple Disaster Recovery options available, you could have access to your recovered systems with seconds, minutes, hours or days, depending on what solution is right to your business. You might want to read our blog on a typical real-life scenario which demonstrates the heart-breaking affect a cyber-attack can have on a business that is not prepared. Click here to read our blog.

By combining Patch Management and a Disaster Recovery solution, you can be sure you have  a proactive and reactive security solution for your IT infrastructure. It’s the perfect pairing in helping you protect and prepare for a cyber-attack.

How can I start to put together an effective IT security strategy?

Talk to us! Let us know what you want from OGL and we can help guide and offer you all the necessary information needed to make an informed decision on what Patch Management and Disaster Recovery options would help keep your IT infrastructure secure. From there we can do all the hard work and put together a robust IT security strategy.

For more information visit our webpages: www.ogl.co.uk/patch-management and www.ogl.co.uk/disaster-recovery-and-backup or you can call us on 01299 873 873 and an IT Consultant will be happy to help.

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