If you work on a computer, then you’ll likely have felt the intense frustration of an update reminder popping up on your screen. Although it’s tempting to click the “remind me later” option, doing so can be detrimental when it comes to cybersecurity. Snoozing an update reminder can leave your computer vulnerable to cyber-attacks, compromise your privacy and the safety of your data and information.
Here’s why you need to perform regular computer updates and avoid delaying them until later.
The Importance of Updates
There are several reasons your computer will remind you to install an update. Sometimes, the update will simply be to fix issues with certain software or change the appearance of certain apps or interfaces. Other times, however, the updates related to cybersecurity issues may leave your data exposed. As potential weak spots become exposed in software, providers will offer security updates.
By making the decision to not perform regular computer updates, your personal data or business network is in danger. Malware can infiltrate your business systems and result in destructive consequences. Recovering from a cybersecurity breach like this can be very costly to your company.
How Does This Affect Companies?
It’s easy to disregard the dangers of a cyber attack if you have never experienced one or know much about them. That’s why it’s important to understand the impact an attack can have by looking at the experiences of other companies. One example is the WannaCry data breach of 2017. This data breach targeted Microsoft devices with outdated software.
Hackers attacked devices with “WannaCry” ransomware that encrypted files on the devices to prevent the owners from accessing them. This attack resulted in huge losses for many companies, approximately $4 billion. The attack was so substantial that it breached devices in 150 countries. Around 230,000 computers came under attack, including networks relating to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
The most devastating thing about this attack was that it was entirely preventable. Hackers accessed devices that lacked protection through updates, and Microsoft created a patch several months before to prevent attacks like this from happening. Only devices that didn’t contain the updated software were vulnerable to the attack and targeted by ransomware. This is an incident that highlights the importance of installing security updates as they become available.
The Problem with Keeping Devices Updated
If you’re concerned about your cybersecurity, then you may want to know the next steps to take. The simple solution is to ensure that all devices are up-to-date when new patches and updates become available. However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially for companies with many employees.
Make you set devices to show update reminders to employees as soon as they are available. You may also need to update policies and procedures to convey the importance of software updates to employees. However, be aware that employees may be reluctant to install updates during working hours. This is because updates can be timely and get in the way, which is usually why people click the “remind me later” option.
Let the Pros Help Protect Your Business
Leaving individuals responsible for updating devices isn’t the most reliable way to ensure devices are secure. It also can have a substantial impact on productivity. Fortunately, there are better options available. Getting your IT provider to roll out managed updates is the best solution. They can perform updates outside of working hours, meaning all systems remain up-to-date and secure without affecting productivity.
Tolar Technical Solutions specializes in helping businesses create cybersecurity solutions that are unique and flexible for them. Contact us today for a free consultation and more information on how you can make your business cyber-safe.