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Kollective Study: Security Nightmare: 27% of US Enterprises Take Months to Install Vital Security Updates

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  • 45% of businesses with over 100,000 computer terminals wait at
    least a month before installing vital security updates
  • 37% of IT managers see failure to install updates as the biggest
    security threat of 2018
  • Outdated software is now a bigger threat than password
    vulnerabilities, BYOD and unsecured USB sticks

In the wake of multiple mega-cybersecurity breaches earlier this year
targeting companies like Facebook and Panera, a new study by enterprise
content delivery company Kollective is all the more startling: More than
a quarter (27%) of enterprise IT departments in the US are forced to
wait at least a month before installing vital security updates, due to
budgetary restraints and overly complex infrastructures. That's
according to Kollective's new ‘State of Software Delivery' report which
examines the software testing and distribution bottlenecks throughout
large organizations.

The report incorporates research from 260 IT managers, leaders and
decision makers and highlights how the network security of US businesses
is failing to meet industry expectations. These failings are especially
common among large organizations – with 45% of those with more than
100,000 computer terminals waiting at least a month before installing
vital security updates.

The failure to rapidly deploy and install security updates is placing
businesses at greater risk of a targeted cyberattack, as hackers look to
exploit the vulnerabilities of outdated systems. Kollective's report
also found that 37% of IT managers list ‘a failure to install updates'
as the biggest security threat of 2018. This makes outdated software a
bigger threat than password vulnerabilities (33%), BYOA / BYOD (22%) and
unsecured USB sticks (9%).

Even more startling, 13% of large businesses have given up on actively
managing software distribution, and are, instead, passively asking
employees to update their own systems.

Kollective blames the failure to install updates on a combination of
slow testing procedures and an inability to distribute updates
automatically at scale. As Dan Vetras, CEO of Kollective explains:
"Following numerous corporate cyberattacks over the last 12 months,
today's businesses are spending more than ever before on enhancing and
improving their security systems. But, this investment is wasted if they
aren't keeping their systems up-to-date.

"While it's obviously important for IT teams to spend time testing new
software and updates before rolling them out, our research has found
that many of the delays in software distribution aren't because of
testing, but rather a lack of infrastructure. Poorly constructed
networks mean that, even those companies that have made a significant
investment in security software, are still leaving their organizations
vulnerable to attack. With a growing number of applications being left
out of date, today's businesses are creating their own backdoors for
hackers, botnets and malware to attack."

To find out more about the role of software delivery in enterprise
networks and security, download Kollective's State
of Software Report
.

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About Kollective
At Kollective, we make corporate networks
smarter so your people can work better. The Kollective platform scales
existing IT infrastructure to accelerate content delivery to the edge of
the enterprise while minimizing network congestion. From live town hall
meetings, global presentations and on-demand video training, to major
operating system updates and the delivery of critical patches,
Kollective keeps your network secure without impacting critical business
applications. With Kollective it's as easy to reach a device on your
network across the world as it is to reach one in the cubicle next door.

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