We’ve all ignored what we thought were just more unnecessary software update notifications from time to time, but ignoring updates could mean trouble for systems, especially when it comes to security. We talked to a couple of our resident experts about why updates are so important and how they protect systems from a range of security issues, even protecting against the newest superbugs Spectre and Meltdown when done properly.
It’s Up to Users to Stay Updated
Downloading and applying updates are the responsibility of system users, for both private use and B2B. Not updating a personal device may not have as many ramifications as a business system that goes without updating however. ECS Support Engineer Jos Weerdmeester has even seen some systems go without updating for years. And when this happens it shouldn’t come as a surprise that enterprises can run into problems when it comes to supported messaging, secure data transfer and hack vulnerability.
Some Updates Sneak Through the Cracks
“The software runs like a black box once it’s installed. Users aren’t always aware that there should be precautionary checks at least every six months to make sure you aren’t missing an update. Most software can be configured to check for updates automatically every 24 hours. Making sure you don’t skip this small but important step during installation will take a lot of guess work out of running the latest software versions. It’s really that easy!” says Jos.
Staying Updated Ensures B2B Communication
When it comes to ensuring business software security, the update is the most important place to start. Running an up to date system has even proven to protect again the latest superbugs, Meltdown and Spectre. An out of date system can also cause problems with messaging in B2B communication when one of the systems isn’t operating at the highest level of security. If your trading partner doesn’t support a lower level of security then messages can’t be sent, time is lost and so is revenue.
Preparing for Updates Makes the Process Run Smoothly
But some companies find updating makes them feel insecure rather than the opposite. What if information is lost or the update doesn’t go as planned? According to Bart Dijkman, ECS IT Support Specialist, as long as you are prepared for an update by doing a proper back up before hand, there is no need to worry. Bart’s advice? “Some updates will present problems of an unknown source once they are downloaded and installed, but with a back up in place there is always the possibility to reverse the update and wait for the next one where these problems will have (hopefully) been resolved, and try again.”
Updates Are the Easiest Way to Maintain Security Levels
Knowing when your system needs an update is luckily quite straightforward and can even be automized. Once updates come through, perform a back-up, pause the system, download and install the update, and check connections. The whole process takes only a few minutes or a bit longer for a more integrated system that requires synchronization. All in all, it is the easiest way to make sure your business isn’t falling behind and staying protected as well as staying in touch.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the importance of system updates.