Improving Federal Security With Automated Patching

Cyberattacks are rising. In 2017, federal agencies reported 35,277 cybersecurity incidents for their IT systems. The government today realizes it is in a cyberwar and must defend its agencies from attackers.

One of the main reasons systems are vulnerable is that they are either not patched or not patched quickly enough. Systems continue to be unpatched across the globe. For example, more than 110 unique common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) that had fixes available in 2007 were exploited in 2016.

Automating manual processes, particularly security patching, in the data center is the key factor that will allow federal agencies to meet compliance standards and keep data secure while freeing up resources for other critical tasks.

To understand how federal agencies can automate and operationalize their security patching efforts, GovLoop partnered with Oracle for this market trends report. In the following pages, we’ll discuss the challenges federal agencies currently face in the world of cybersecurity and why patching automation is critical. We’ll also provide agencies best practices for building security into their IT infrastructure from the start.