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Keeping systems and software patched and up to date has become a constant mantra within cybersecurity circles. The majority of cybersecurity incidents occur due to unpatched systems and software.
According to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 60% of breaches in 2019 were linked to a vulnerability in which a patch was available, but not applied.
In fact, according to the UK’s National Cyber Security Center, the one thing that an organization should do to protect from cyberattacks is implementing updates and patching for known vulnerabilities.
That’s because threat actors are constantly probing organizations for known software and system vulnerabilities to exploit. As an example, the Wannacry ransomware crypto worm is still used today four years after it was first implemented as systems to this day still remain unpatched for their targeted vulnerability.