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Phishing and Patching


Phishing and patching are two (2) critical areas that can significantly affect the overall effectiveness and success of your ability to defend your organization from cyber threats.


So, what is phishing? It is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable organizations in order to induce individuals to reveal personal or organizational information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.


Patching is a software fix to a bug that was uncovered. Patching is designed to improve security, resolve functionality issues, or add new features.


Essentially, paying attention to these areas will dramatically raise the level of your cybersecurity readiness and posture. Let’s utilize a few key statistics to paint the picture of why we need to focus on these two (2) areas. The facts are:


  • 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error.

  • 40% of breaches utilized phishing exploits to gain access and plant malware.

  • Ransomware attacks rose by 435% year-over-year.

  • 57% of cyberattack victims report that their breaches could have been prevented by installing an available patch.


The remarkable thing about focusing on phishing and patching is this - it can provide great benefit and lower your cybersecurity risk for a modest investment. A few things to note include:


  • Phishing prevention is all about awareness and education.

  • Phishing training and tools can significantly reduce your exposure to ransomware and malware threats.

  • Patching should be provided by experts who deploy patches in an automated fashion – on a regular basis.


In short, it is all about education, vigilance and an automated patching regimen that ensures your end users, applications, and systems are protected from the ongoing efforts of cybercriminals who are looking to harm your organization.


Schedule a free consult today to see how our expertise, approach, and managed IT support platform can make a meaningful difference in increasing your cybersecurity readiness.






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