4 – 7 min read 05/01/2023
Linux is widely recognized for the impressive level of security and stability it offers admins and organizations, but this doesn’t mean that the popular open-source operating system is immune to malware, viruses and other security threats. In fact, the growing popularity of Linux in recent years has put a target on its back, as attackers now view the OS as a viable target due to its rapidly growing user base and the high-value servers and devices it powers worldwide. The number of new Linux malware variants reached a record high in the first half of 2022, as nearly 1.7 million samples were discovered.
Threat actors frequently exploit unpatched security vulnerabilities in software and applications to gain access to corporate networks, enable malicious code, and compromise critical systems. Thus, having a reliable vulnerability and patch management strategy in place is crucial in identifying and remediating security issues before they are exploited by adversaries in damaging malware attacks. Despite the critical importance of effective patch management, too many organizations still fall short in this key area due to challenges including a shortage of time and resources, the vast number of vulnerabilities that exist across thousands of heterogeneous assets in a distributed network, and difficulty in prioritizing these issues according to the level of risk that they pose. In this article, we introduce an automated patch management solution that can help your organization overcome these obstacles and defend