As the world becomes increasingly more connected, it’s more important than ever to manage software vulnerabilities before they get out of hand.
Such holes in your system can expose you to security threats and put you and your customer’s data at risk of being stolen and held for ransom.
Don’t let your company be at risk because someone was able to exploit an unknown or unpatched security threat.
Fortunately, with the right knowledge, you can manage your software vulnerabilities and lessen your risk.
Here’s where to start.
1. Anticipate end-of-life and plan accordingly
As a general rule, software makers limit how long they offer support and updates. This is known as end-of-life (EOL) or end-of-support-life (EOSL). Without support, there is nobody to contact if software malfunctions or quits working. Without updates, there is nobody to patch security issues.
By identifying EOL or EOSL, you can map out a plan for subscriptions for software support and updates. If support and updates aren’t available, you can find software from another maker. The key is knowing those dates and planning ahead.
For example, when we announced EOL for OnDeCC, our old content management system, customers were given a suggested plan of action to migrate to a new platform, as well as a timeline for transitioning to that platform.
Continuing to use software without support and/or updates places your business at risk. We encourage you to renew support and updates as soon as possible, or migrate to a new product.
Note that software includes operating systems, such as Windows, MacOS, and Linux. They are the foundation upon which all other software rests. If the foundation is faulty, the other software might not function properly.
Moreover, network connectivity is built into operating systems. So, it is imperative to keep operating systems current to be certain that software that connects to the internet can perform smoothly. Again, being aware of, and planning for, end-of-life is vital to reducing your vulnerability.
2. Utilize threat intelligence to monitor for vulnerabilities
Threat intelligence is one of the best ways to manage software vulnerability by understanding where you are most at risk and how existing threats can adapt over time.
You can then use this knowledge to update your security protocols accordingly or implement other tactics that reduce your overall exposure.
Your current security systems should include threat intelligence technology that monitor your network for anomalies or detect known vulnerabilities in the software you use, allowing you to take action before malicious users do.
You’ll want a system with both automated capabilities as well as one that includes manual inspection tools so that everyone on your team can have access to the information. Your system should also be able to integrate with your existing platforms so it’s easy for everyone on your team to take action when they find something suspicious.
This approach will help you monitor all of your software at once and give you peace of mind knowing that no matter what application or operating system you use, you can manage software vulnerability.
Additionally, this approach is scalable so it will grow with your company as it needs to change over time.
When combined with a plan for moving past end-of-life and support milestones, threat intelligence becomes one of the best ways to manage software vulnerability because it’s proactive rather than reactive.
3. Employ internal security audits
Regularly implementing internal software audits is another essential way to manage software vulnerability. This will keep your employees from accidentally putting the company at risk by leaving old programs running or using outdated versions of applications like Adobe Flash or Java.
These types of vulnerabilities are often easy for malicious users to find and exploit, making it a breeze for them to gain access to your sensitive information.
Internal audits should be a regular occurrence, not only when an employee changes positions within the organization or leaves completely. Some types of internal audits include checking employee access privileges and making sure they don’t have any suspicious or unknown devices attached to their workstations.
By conducting these audits, you can ensure that employees are using the most up-to-date programs, giving them the security capabilities your company needs to protect itself.
Note that there a number of software tools to assist with this process.
4. Hire a trusted developer for your custom software project or website
If you’ve got concerns about the security of your website or software, contact Bizzuka. Our custom software and websites are always designed with the latest and most robust security in mind, helping to protect your company from a wide range of vulnerabilities.
By hiring Bizzuka for these types of projects, we’ll manage your software vulnerabilities together, so that when the time comes, you’ll be prepared with the most up-to-date programs and security protocols.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to contact us: we’re here for you today!