Another annoying popup about an update when you’re in the middle of something. You can just ignore that and worry about it later, right? Not unless you want to leave your device and network at risk of a major breach!
According to certain security experts, we’re living in the time of the “mega-hack.” This means rather than one hacker going after one company, attackers are increasingly using a one-to-many approach.
This means, one specific type of software, firmware, or operating system compromise can provide a rich opportunity for hackers to infiltrate hundreds of thousands of organizations around the world.
A case in point is this year’s Microsoft Exchange Server breach. This mega-hack was initiated by a well-known group out of China called Hafnium. It found and began exploiting four newly found vulnerabilities in the software that runs the Exchange server, which many companies of all sizes use to run their business email onsite.
The breach was first discovered in January 2021, and in early March Microsoft released patches to seal those vulnerabilities. This particular breach allowed hackers to gain complete control of a server to steal email, send phishing, plant ransomware, and more.
To date, approximately 250,000 servers around the world have been impacted by this hack, 30,000 of those in the United States.
How did Hafnium get to so many organizations so fast? They only began the string of attacks. Once the cat was out of the bag, multiple other hackers hopped on board and began attacking as many companies as possible. Attacks are still ongoing because hackers know that many businesses don’t apply security patches when they come out.
This is just one example of the importance of patching, there are countless others. You may even have software on your computer right now that has a security flaw for which a patch has been issued but not applied.
76% of all applications have at least one vulnerability!
How Micr0patching Can Get You Immediate Software Fixes
Leaving updates and patches until “later” is unfortunately all too common. This goes for both individual computer users and companies.
Remember that large Equifax data breach back in 2017? It exposed the personal information of over 150 million people. The vulnerability hackers used had a patch issued for it months earlier, but the company never applied that update.
Micr0patching is a specific way to apply vital security patches that helps avoid the common reasons that users put off those updates. These typically include:
- Don’t want to interrupt what they’re doing
- Afraid that they’ll run into problems when updating
- Don’t want to reboot
With a micr0patch subscription, companies can be assured of critical updates being applied to their systems as fast as possible to fix vulnerabilities. This is all done behind the scenes, with no interruptions necessary.
Here are some of the benefits of implementing micr0patching through Magnify247.com
No Reboots or Downtime
You can work as you usually do and don’t have to worry about having to close out all your windows for a reboot. No extended downtime either due to updates that seem to take forever.
You continue working as usual, while your critical updates are being applied behind the scenes.
No Delay from Patch Release to Update Application
What if someone is clicking around their computer and accidentally clicks away from an update notice without realizing what it is? That’s just one way that an update can go unnoticed for weeks or months, leaving a PC vulnerable.
Update windows can also not come up at all if there’s a memory issue or some other PC problem.
Micr0patching is constantly on the lookout for you for patches that are available for any software on your device, so you never have to wonder if something is out there you don’t know about. It ensures that a patch is applied just as soon as it’s released by the developer.
Address Zero-Day Exploits Faster
The Microsoft Exchange Server hack was due to four zero-day exploits. This means that four new vulnerabilities were found that hackers created code to take advantage of (aka: “exploits”).
Zero-day exploits are the most dangerous because it is often a race against time to get them fixed before a breach happens.
Micr0patching is designed to identify and fix zero-day threats, ensuring your systems are protected well before other hackers hop onboard a new exploit and increase the volume of attacks.
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Magnify247 can help your Hamilton County business with patch and update management solutions to keep your systems secured and your team productive.