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Auto-Patching: More or Less Risky?

Is the probability of an Automated Patch Breaking a System Worse Than the Incrased Risk of Getting Hacked?

Many organizations take a manual approach to vulnerability management. Instead of relying on automated systems, IT practitioners test and validate new patches prior to deploying them in production environments. However, in today’s dynamic threat landscape there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of vulnerabilities discovered in typical organizations.

The manual approach is becoming unsustainable. This is why more systems, including the new Windows 10 operating system, are switching to hands-free, automated updates. Is automatic patching less risky than waiting for a patch to be tested and validated internally?

According to the 2015 Verizon Data Breach Report, 99.9 percent of exploited vulnerabilities were compromised more than a year after the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) was published. More strikingly, over 70 percent of attacks exploited...(continued)

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