Patch Management is one of the five key technical controls required in the UK Government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Why Patch Management is important?

Vulnerabilities or security flaws are common in software and are frequently discovered. Once known, it can quickly be exploited by malicious individuals or groups to gain access to networks and computer systems.
Vendors of applications and software will typically try to provide fixes for identified vulnerabilities as soon as possible, in the form of software updates known as “patches”.

What are Patch Management Control requirements?

  • Update software regularly (including operating system software and firmware)

  • Remove software that is no longer supported by vendor

  • Use licensed and supported software

  • All security patches are installed as soon as they are available (within 14 days), especially for ‘critical’ or ‘high risk’

About the Cyber Essentials Scheme

This is part of a series of blog posts dedicated to the five key controls of the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations implement measures to help protect themselves against common cyber-attacks. The scheme focuses on the five most important technical security controls that, when implemented correctly, can reduce significantly an organisation’s vulnerability.

Download our non-technical, no-jargon “Quick Guide to Cyber Essentials – Cyber Security starting point for small and medium businesses” to learn more about Cyber Essentials Scheme, its five key controls and how to implement them correctly.

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