Despite the best intentions of software developers, there is always the chance that malicious actors might discover a weakness (aka a vulnerability) in some software you use which could allow them to take actions against your best interests.

You may have heard about the recent discovery of just such a vulnerability in a very widely used software library, log4j. Numerous software vendors have been forced to rapidly issue updates to their software to close off this vulnerability.

This demonstrates again that regularly installing software updates is essential to protect your organisation from the constant stream of newly discovered vulnerabilities. This is one of the five key technical controls in the UK Government Cyber Essentials scheme which was launched in 2014 as a way to help make the UK the safest place to do business. If you would like more information about how Cyber Essentials can help your organisation stay safe, please contact us.