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10/30/2019
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8 Trends in Vulnerability and Patch Management

Unpatched flaws continue to be a major security issue for many organizations.
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A Majority of Breaches Involve Unpatched Vulns
Six in 10 data breaches that organizations have experienced this year involved security vulnerabilities that had not been patched. A recent survey of nearly 3,000 organizations conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of ServiceNow showed that delays in patching vulnerabilities cost organizations 30% more in downtime this year compared with 2018.
Organizations don't address vulnerabilities more quickly for multiple reasons. They include a lack of awareness of potential breach-causing vulnerabilities, organizational silos and turf wars, a lack of resources, and no common view of applications and assets. Respondents also said 'attackers are outpacing their organizations with such technologies as machine learning/artificial intelligence,' the report noted.

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A Majority of Breaches Involve Unpatched Vulns

Six in 10 data breaches that organizations have experienced this year involved security vulnerabilities that had not been patched. A recent survey of nearly 3,000 organizations conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of ServiceNow showed that delays in patching vulnerabilities cost organizations 30% more in downtime this year compared with 2018.

Organizations don't address vulnerabilities more quickly for multiple reasons. They include a lack of awareness of potential breach-causing vulnerabilities, organizational silos and turf wars, a lack of resources, and no common view of applications and assets. Respondents also said "attackers are outpacing their organizations with such technologies as machine learning/artificial intelligence," the report noted.

Image Source: MR Gao via Shutterstock

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