2. Automated Patch And Configuration Management
Rapid7 found that 17 percent of respondents have not, or are not sure if they have, updated endpoint systems with the latest operation system patches. A variety of automated patch and configuration management tools are available to help system administrators test operating system patches and deploy them to end-user machines.
System configuration issues also open up the attack surface to cybercriminals, giving them easy access to pivot to more sophisticated systems. Data breach studies found that attackers consistently target poorly configured systems, including remote access technologies and systems using weak or default passwords. Configuration management tools can also help identify high-risk areas and system components that are turned on but rarely, if ever, used by employees, say security experts.