One recent data breach that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans happened to credit reporting agency Equifax. SSNs, home addresses, birth dates, and other sensitive information was exposed. Had a two month-old software update been applied, this major breach would have never happened.
What’s Typically Contained in a Software Update? It’s true that not all software updates are created equal, but all can be equally important when it comes to the security and performance of your computer, network switches, or server. Nearly every part of your I.T. infrastructure can require an update:
Operating systems for computers & mobile devices
Printers, routers, and other hardware When you get that update prompt, it means that the manufacturer or developer of a particular hardware or software has improved it and has put the code to add the new updates into an update installation package. Some updates can take a few seconds, such as those for mobile apps. Some can take 5-10 minutes, which may be the case for an Office 365 software update. Others are more intense. Usually major operating system updates can take over an hour or two to complete. An update can include any of the following:
Security patches of vulnerabilities
System utility updates