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Are the applications on your systems vulnerable?

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the constant buzz about hackers targeting vulnerabilities on your system. You’re probably nodding your head now and saying “Yes, but what are some of the most common targets?” Well, to answer that question, one of the most common targets is actually end-user applications. Yes, you heard it right, end user applications with well-known vulnerabilities feature among the most common targets. The simple reason for this is that applications with a large user base have an increased chance of a hacker being able to target a vulnerability. Such application vulnerabilities can lead to dreadful security issues like data theft, non-availability, and many more.

Do you know which applications on your network are vulnerable?

It’s time that you keep tabs on the vulnerability levels of the applications on your network. Ideally, you should scan your network environment for vulnerabilities. “Catches win matches,” goes the clichéd statement; so too does the catching of vulnerabilities. In addition to running the vulnerability scan, it's extremely important for you to understand the target systems. The more customized the applications are during their implementation, the lesser they are supported. Hence, vulnerability scanning becomes the base of the security activities to follow.

Once you analyze the severity of the vulnerabilities, you need to prioritize which need to be addressed first. Looking at the current trends, Java® and Adobe® products appear to be an abundant source of exploitable vulnerabilities. Given the estimate that Java is implemented on approximately three billion devices and the significant increase in Java-based exploits, it becomes critical to address these timely.

Guard your applications against vulnerabilities

You need to stay updated on your software patches in order to stay protected from the latest security threats. Unpatched applications are prone to become entry points for security attacks, thus making patch management one of the most critical processes in vulnerability management. For example, the Java 7 update 21 patch updates have been available for quite a long time now, but only 7% percent of the users are running the latest version. For all those who are running older versions of Java, patching your applications might get even harder because the security fixes that are to come would consider the current version (JRE7) as the base.

With the help of automated and centralized patch management software, you can easily discover systems that are not running the latest updates and patch them accordingly. SolarWinds Patch Manager researches, scripts, packages, and tests patches for common third-party applications and automatically delivers them as ready-to-deploy patches within its console. Patch Manager also helps you in customizing patch reports, scheduling, and emailing them.

Protect your applications against vulnerabilities, stay secure!!