Jan 25, 2022
This article will give you an insight into virtual patching, what makes patching hard for businesses, the value of virtual patching and how to fix virtual patching issues. Let’s get started.
Virtual patching is the process of developing and deploying a short-term strategy to reduce the risks of exploitation that are connected with the discovery of new security vulnerabilities. It removes the possibility of hackers finding and exploiting application or system security flaws.
The main objective of virtual patching is to stop malicious actors from gaining access to a vulnerable application while implementing security solutions.
It enables developers and security administrators to keep a system or application functional until a vulnerability solution is discovered, developed and tested. The patch is installed on a few host systems and can be replicated across the application environment. Nevertheless, virtual patching is not a permanent solution and does not always detect all system or software vulnerabilities.
Virtual patching is also known as vulnerability shielding, which protects against threats that exploit new and known vulnerabilities. Virtual patching works by enforcing layers of security guidelines and regulations that prevent and intercept exploits from following network routes to and from exposures.
A multi-layered virtual patching method is ideal. This includes features for reviewing and blocking risky activities in business-critical traffic, detecting and preventing intrusions, stopping assaults on web-facing applications and deploying adaptably on cloud or physical platforms.
Here is how virtual patching complements an organization’s existing security technology, vulnerability and patch management policies:
When you study the different ways in which organizations can’t change the source code immediately, the benefits of virtual patching become clear. Based on the organization, the advantages include the following:
From the perspective of a web application security expert, virtual patching opens up another way for offering services to your clients. In recent years, if source code could not be modified based on the above reasons, there is nothing else a consultant could do to assist in solving the issues. A consultant can now offer to use virtual patches to solve problems that are outside the application code.
Some of the difficulties that organizations experience while implementing a virtual patch management system include the following:
When a vulnerability is discovered or reported, organizations need to be very quick and timely. It's a golden chance for threat actors and cybercriminals. It takes 69 days for a typical firm to fix a critical vulnerability in its application. On average, it takes 60 days for businesses to realize they have been breached.
This window of vulnerability exposes unpatched systems to attacks. Threat actors began ransomware attacks against unpatched servers in January 2020, putting the networks of over 80,000 businesses at risk.
In today’s evolving environment, keeping up with security issues in complex software and web apps can be exhausting. In these circumstances, virtual patching is the best solution. It mitigates risk by patching web app vulnerabilities.
Virtual patches have different benefits over regular patching cycles, which consume a huge amount of time and money. Virtual patches can be installed within a few minutes at a low cost. Additionally, they should be incorporated in the security toolbox with other security technologies such as intrusion prevention systems, firewalls and better defense against developing threats.
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