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Why You Can No Longer Afford to Not Automate Patching

April 22, 2024

By Gene Moody

The recent compromise of MITRE is yet another reminder of the constant challenge of maintaining secure and updated systems 24/7/365. As MITRE’s CEO, Jason Providakes, aptly noted, “No organization is immune from cyber attacks, not even those that maintain the highest cybersecurity standards.”
While no system can ever be perfect, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for better. Accepting preventable exposures means potentially becoming a victim. In today’s world, security requires rapid responses and automation; patch management has evolved from a routine maintenance task to a critical, strategic operation.
High-profile attacks are becoming increasingly common, showcasing a level of sophistication, planning, and patience that is unprecedented. In these challenging times, it’s easy to feel defeated and ask, “What can I do?”
While there will always be unforeseen threats—unknown unknowns—you can fortify your defenses. MITRE’s analysis of the attack underscores the necessity of robust security practices. Beyond strong authentication and multi-factor authentication, MITRE emphasizes Mitigation ID M1051: “Perform regular software updates to mitigate exploitation risk.” This highlights that proactive measures are your best defense.

Statistics reveal the urgency: every day, new vulnerabilities are discovered—over 26,000 in 2023 alone, with an average time to remediate (MTTR) of approximately 58 days. Moreover, 1 in 4 vulnerabilities remain unpatched after 18 months. Threat actors are exploiting these delays, often automating their attacks to outpace system administrators. If your adversaries are automating their strategies, shouldn’t you?

“In past perimeter-based security architectures, most software was operated on internal networks protected by several layers of network security controls. While patching was generally considered important for reducing the likelihood of compromise and was a common compliance requirement, patching was not always considered a priority,” according to NIST SP 800-40r4. “In today’s environments, patching has become more important, often rising to the level of mission criticality.”

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