It’s October 2003. You’re still using Windows XP. You may be listening to Muse’s new album Absolution, laughing at Finding Nemo in cinemas or being disappointed at The Matrix Reloaded. A new website called 4chan just launched. And Microsoft starts Patch Tuesday, rolling out updates to your PC on the same day each week.
Patching has always been a necessity, but in October 2003, it became ‘a thing’.
So why are we still getting it wrong, eleven years down the line?
We recently ran some research asking enterprises about the state of their patch management. Despite Patch Tuesday, over a third (34%) of respondents admitted that they’re still not managing Microsoft patching well enough. This climbs to almost half (49%) when we talk about non-Microsoft products.
It gets worse. 91% of IT managers across the globe can’t manage the patching and security of mobile devices once they leave the office. And let’s be frank here: our world is never going to get less mobile.
This worry is justified: all in all, over two thirds (64%) of IT managers don’t understand how vulnerable users are to existing risks, let alone new, emergent threats. No dashboards, no traffic lights, nothing.
It’s 2014. I’m still a little disappointed at the Matrix Reloaded and I still laugh at Finding Nemo. Muse still plays on my stereo and 4chan is still around. But this insecurity has got to stop. If you’re one of the managers we’ve mentioned, please talk to Shavlik about how we can help automate patching and focus on tomorrow’s problems, not those from 2003. To quote one of my favourite films -it’s time to get back to the future.