Thursday, May 15, 2014

Why it's important to keep systems updated

If you've been paying attention to technology news, no doubt you saw the recent item that a five-year old bug was recently discovered and fixed in the Linux kernel. This should be a reminder about why it's important to keep all of our systems updated. For example, the University of Minnesota requires that all systems are patched within 30 days.

Sometimes, a system may become out of date, too old to receive patches from the operating system vendor. It may be tempting to blame the vendor and say "they stopped supporting the system." Instead, you need to create a migration plan to upgrade your system to a newer, supported platform.

If you support servers, in higher ed or elsewhere in industry, be sure to follow good security practices and keep your systems up-to-date. Don't let your system become the weak link in the security chain. We all need to remain ever vigilant.

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