Importance of patching: government teams up with software companies

Disregard for patching represents a growing problem for many businesses. Untrustworthy software is responsible for over 90 percent of data breaches worldwide.

Three new videos released by the Technology Forum represent a team effort push from government and software companies to raise awareness of the dangers that businesses run when they put off installing patches for software. Members include IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle and Dell Secureworks. The Technology Forum joined forces with senior government organisations to authorise the videos from the Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI).

The first of the videos aims to inform business owners that leaving software unpatched leads to gambling your business away. The video shows gamblers suffering financial losses in a casino.

The second video highlights engineers testing racecars prior to a race, hoping to drive home the message that time-consuming preparation is essential for safe performance.

The last of the videos shows a poorly-maintained racecar failing to complete a course. This stresses the importance of trustworthy software to the successful operation of any modern business.  

Attacks are easily preventable. To stay safe, businesses need to ensure software is managed throughout its lifespan, and that updates and patches are regularly monitored and installed.

Tony Dyhouse, director of the TSI said, “Considering the substantial risks untrustworthy software can pose to individual businesses and the UK economy as a whole, it is important that government and industry speak with one voice to raise awareness of this important issue.”