Week 4 Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023

Cybersecurity Awareness Month - keep software up to date

Update Software.

Keeping your software up-to-date is important. Besides the benefits of added features, these updates may include security patches to ensure any loopholes are closed to protect against intrusion and command controls. Outdated software can be a serious risk to your network. Upgrade, patch or remove it. Any device that connects to the Internet is vulnerable to risks. Turn on automatic updates when possible. When alerted to a software update, make sure to update in a timely manner.

What should be updated and patched?

  • Operating systems (OS) Windows, Apple and Chrome have regular patching cycles. Ensure your device is kept current with the latest.
  • Software used for business and productivity should be checked for versioning.
  • Is your content filtering license up to date? This will ensure that the latest signatures are installed.
  • Other defensive tools like anti-virus, endpoint security and email defenses should be checked.
  • Apps that are installed on devices should be checked regularly for updates and deleted if no longer used.
  • Web browsers are normally set to update upon shut down and restart. If you are using a browser other than the most widely used (Chrome, Edge, Firefox), ensure this is true.

Don’t neglect hardware updates for your firewall, switches, access points (AP) and other networking equipment as well as drivers for end user devices and printers.

Software is an essential function on devices and efforts should be made to keep it current. Updates can prevent security issues and improve features and compatibility.