A study conducted for security software firm McAfee indicates that firms are usually slow to implement security patches on their software, with 19% taking more than a week to patch or update for security. The research found out that 27% take two days to update their software, while almost half say they do not protect themselves against security threats.
Many businesses do not protect themselves by installing software patches and updates as soon as they are published by the software companies. Hence, hackers can easily and regularly exploit these security holes and do all sorts of malicious activity, such as send spam, viruses and other malicious code through companies’ computers.
In setting up a business, especially one that relies heavily on e-commerce or e-services, it is important to keep one’s systems protected. Companies should set up anti-virus and anti-malware software, and should update their systems with patches regularly.