Security nightmare: 27% of enterprises take months to install vital security updates.


Over a quarter (27%) of enterprise IT departments must wait at least a month before they can install vital security updates. That's according to a new 'State of Software Delivery' report from enterprise content delivery company Kollective, which examines the software testing and distribution bottlenecks throughout large organisations in the US and UK.

Kollective's report, which incorporates research from 260 IT managers, leaders and decision makers, highlights how the network security of UK businesses is failing to meet industry expectations. These failings are especially common among large organisations--with 45% of those with over 100,000 computer terminals having to wait at least a month before installing vital security updates.

This 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is placing businesses at greater risk of a targeted cyberattack, as hackers look to exploit the vulnerabilities of outdated systems.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 This makes outdated software a bigger threat than password vulnerabilities (33%), BYOA / BYOD (22%) and unsecured USB sticks (9%).

Kollective blames this failure to install updates on a combination...

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