Patching can no longer be a periodic process; it needs to be agile. Identifying what to patch first and why is where most organizations fail.
Organizations today still follow legacy patching practices. Downtime and patch release plans follow a rigid schedule with no agility to react to a changing threat landscape. Most organizations that fall victim to cyberattacks are caught off guard because the critical patch that should have been applied immediately was scheduled in the organization’s weekly or monthly software updates.
While all vulnerabilities do not need the same attention, some require an immediate fix. For example, weaknesses with dangerous exploits—such as those tied to ransomware families that are evolving as ransomware-as-a-service and APT groups associated with nation-states, malware, and zero-day exploits or those vulnerabilities rated critical by bug bounty hunters and security agencies—need to be discovered, analyzed, and patched.
Once the correct patches are identified, security teams can improve their organizations' security posture by customizing their patching process to fix the right trending and critical vulnerabilities immediately.