Are security patches securely stored?
July 24, 2020 | security patches, business secrets
Cyber threats and vulnerabilities have increased significantly in the last few months. Organized cybercriminals are becoming increasingly canny and the nature of cyber risks are getting more and more advanced. Despite a considerable increase in the annual spending for cybersecurity by global organizations, an alarming increase has been witnessed in data breach incidents. Almost 60% of these breaches are due to unpatched vulnerabilities.
While an unusual delay in patching the vulnerabilities in and around databases and OSes along with no centralized policy to regulate security patches for protecting data are surely the reasons behind data vulnerabilities, the storage of patches in multiple locations is also a cause of an IT disaster.
The most common mistake
IT administrators routinely store critical files, secrets among other forms of confidential information records for day-to-day IT operations in drives and user desktops. Storage also includes multiple OS and DB security patches for installations in servers. However, IT administrators make one mistake. Patches are often downloaded and stored in multiple locations, which could create a situation where patches are duplicated, or missed altogether. This, in turn, results in security issues.
ARCON | PAM My Vault offers secure and centralized storage for security patches
To overcome this confusion in day-to-day use cases, ARCON | PAM introduced My Vault, which is a centralized data storage repository. The vault is a safe house to centrally store all security patches and business-critical files. It offers secure access to security patches and files for a specified period as per the pre-configured policy. It mitigates all the vulnerabilities arising from unsecure storage. Moreover, the data is stored with encryption. The tool also controls users’ access to My Vault privileges with granular level control with pre-configured permissions.
The solution offers best Privileged Access Management practices to overcome the risk arising from standing privileges, laying the foundation for the Zero Trust Architecture.
ARCON’s My Vault privileges allow users to securely store, access and share business critical files and security patches in a centralized repository without the risk of data compromise. It prevents malicious elements from exploiting security vulnerabilities and acts as a safe house to store business secrets for a specific period.
ARCON is a leading enterprise risk control solutions provider, specializing in risk-predictive technologies. ARCON | User Behaviour Analytics enables to monitor end-user activities in real time. ARCON | Privileged Access Management reinforces access control and mitigates data breach threats. ARCON | Endpoint Privilege Management mitigates risks arising out of endpoints. ARCON | Secure Compliance Management is a vulnerability assessment tool.