More Sophisticated Cyber Attacks lend to Security Update Urgency
Delaying security updates is increasingly common and easy with the convenient dropdown option to “Remind Me in 10 minutes” or “Remind Me in 1 Day.” How often do we use such delays when we need to use our computer now for the project we’re working on? New reports are finding that pushing back those security updates is going to cost you more than just 10 minutes of your work time. As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, outdated security programs and software become easy targets for harmful security breaches—breaches that can affect you and your business.
Cyber Attacks Growing More Sophisticated
As security technology improves, cyber attackers are turning sophisticated. In a 2015 Threat Report, McAfee noted that technically-sophisticated cyber attacks are significantly increasing, and many of the attacks were specifically designed to thwart security defenses. Cyber attacks, the report says, are “sophisticated in their planning, targeting, stalking, and execution; some were even highly technical or evasive.” Attackers only need to wait for any unprotected moment in software defenses.
In recent years, healthcare organizations have been the victims of many of these sophisticated attacks because of the vast amount of valuable information collected from clients and patients. In the last year alone, one significant hack or breach was recorded every month for healthcare organizations in the United States. Cyber attacks are focusing less on grab-and-go information like credit card numbers that have to quickly be used and then changed, but rather, schemers are focusing on information they can steal and then lay and wait for deeper impact and financial reward. But healthcare is not the only sector at risk. Every individual is at risk to lose identity or money, and every company or organization is at risk to lose clients and their trust.
Urgent Need for Security Updates
As cyber attacks continue to grow in frequency and sophistication, outdated security software becomes an easy target for attackers. According to a Ponemon Institute Study, the most common threat for healthcare organizations is attackers exploiting software vulnerabilities: software or defenses outdated by three months or older.
Security software is continually learning and improving its defenses, creating new walls and gates to prevent malicious attacks to get your information. And for ages, security software companies have been urging technology users to update and secure software; yet, these areas of access remain the most common way for successful cyber attacks. Businesses and consumers alike do not give the necessary attention to update security software nor recognize the importance of it.
So when your security software prompts you to update, just do it. Do not ignore default configurations or suggested scans. Pay attention to security alerts and reported malicious activity. Businesses can contract security attention to reliable security IT management companies. Individuals can download security software updates. But as a whole, to better secure our information, we need to give as much attention to our security updates as cyber attackers give to us and our lack or secure defenses.
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