September 19, 2019 by Kelly Miller

Up-to-Date Patching Critical to Maintaining Cybersecurity

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Industries: 9-1-1 & Law Enforcement

Topics: Cybersecurity Device Management Services Infrastructure Services PSAPs

Security PatchingRecent years have seen some of the largest cyber attacks in history – including WannaCry and Equifax. As cyber attacks continue to make headline news, organizations are looking for ways to better protect themselves and their data. 

Currently, businesses are investing in a wide variety of cybersecurity tools, including advanced perimeter controls, encryption, automated policy management and threat intelligence systems. By 2021, spending on these cybersecurity tools is predicted to reach a cumulative $1 trillion

But what about the basics? A strong foundation of “basics” – including continued security patching can improve the effectiveness of current security programs. In fact, routine software updates and patching is one of the best ways to protect a system. According to the Department of Homeland Security Cyber Emergency Unit, at least 85% of attacks can be prevented by routinely applying security patches.

Unfortunately, the industry is facing a growing gap of qualified security personnel to help manage and implement cyber security measures. That’s where we come in!

At Motorola Solutions, we’re dedicated to serving as your trusted cyber partner. We understand the criticality of ensuring mission critical responsiveness, resiliency and availability with always-on, always-secure systems.  That’s why we have a security update service to help you manage your mission critical communication system – including software patches and updates. But just what does that look like?

Monthly Patching

Unpatched software remains one of the most prevalent factors for cyber attacks. However, many organizations struggle with patch management – leaving them open and vulnerable. In fact, 99 percent of exploited vulnerabilities are more than 12 months old and already have a published security patch available. Even though these patches for software vulnerabilities are often widely available, a lack of internal resources is making it difficult for organizations to keep up with them.

That’s where our Cybersecurity Services can help. Pre-tested security updates are deployed onto your network on a monthly basis – addressing known vulnerabilities as soon as they are available.

Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIG)

Vulnerabilities in software are regularly being discovered and exploited. It’s critical that organizations speedily install patches and updates that are sent out to address these vulnerabilities. In response, the Department of Defense developed STIGs.

A STIG is a set of configurations and checklists that highlight ways to minimize network-based attacks and prevent system access. By creating and maintaining security standards, STIGs are designed to enhance overall security and reduce vulnerabilities. 

Much like the evolving cyber threats, STIGs are not written in stone. The Defense Information Systems Agency is regularly testing and researching to determine the most secure configurations which are then updated quarterly to address any new vulnerabilities. 

As your trusted partner, we provide these quarterly STIG updates through our security services – enabling our customers to stay up-to-date with the latest protection.

Safeguarding your critical communication networks and technologies from cyber attacks is essential. As your trusted partner, we stay actively informed of emerging threats and compliance requirements. So you can stay focused on the business at hand knowing your organization is secure and protected.

Learn more about how our cybersecurity services can help protect your network against cyber threats.

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