Patching potentially-vulnerable software isn't the most exciting cyber security topic, but it's more complex than it sounds. Applying software patch management best practices is more critical today than ever before.
In 2020, over 18,000 publicly disclosed vulnerabilities were reported—the most in any year on record. The Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report goes into further detail about the types of breaches companies face and how the human element as well as unpatched systems and software can play a significant role in many breaches.
With reported vulnerabilities this high, adopting software patch management best practices is critical for any organization. However, patching must be carried out carefully and intelligently.