Security Check by Trey Fischer Apr 30, 2018 Patching is Critical for Your Small Business Patching is critical for your small business. Almost everyday, we read news stories about breaches of a large enterprises, healthcare agencies or government run departments. According to a recent study, almost 80 percent of breaches can be attributed to poor patch management. What is a patch? According to the Wikipedia definition, a patch is a set of changes to a computer program or its supporting data designed to update, fix, or improve it. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, with such patches usually being called bug fixes and improving the usability or performance. In fact, one of the largest breaches in U.S. history was blamed on patches not being applied to critical infrastructure. Patch management should be treated as a critical component of your daily business operations. All modern operating systems have patch management built into the platform that allows you to pick a convenient time to apply patches. Always take the necessary steps to schedule recurring patching windows. Maintaining a regular patching schedule is a necessary component of your business’s cybersecurity plan. Staying on top of it, could save your business from a future data breach.