Patch management essential to PCI compliance, data security

Patch management essential to PCI compliance, data security

For businesses that want to stay in PCI compliance guidelines with strong data security, the Smart Data Collective said that patch management is extremely important. The collective said data and applications are left vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves and others who are looking to cause trouble in systems.

"And when it comes to sensitive data and national industry compliance standards, such as HIPAA and PCI DSS compliance, your company can’t afford to suffer a data breach or theft, as the fines and estimated financial loss per data breach record continues to rise each year," the website said.

With viruses such as Duqu, the website said fixes are released to help users combat against the virus and keep systems safe. Smart Data Collective said that people really can't afford not to keep their servers and operating systems updated, as these bugs can have very bad effects for all businesses.

Felicia Nicastro writes on Tech Target that patch management should not be used as an emergency IT security procedure for any websites or computer users, but instead it should be used as a defensive way to help keep a computer and network safe from the rest of the internet.