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Patching: The Key to Building Resilient Systems

Vivian Lee

Patching: The Key to Building Resilient Systems

Picture a key that opens the door to fortified systems, rapid recoveries, and unwavering security. This key is patching. Patching, which is often seen as a mundane task, is a key aspect of system maintenance and holds immense importance in enhancing resilience. Every business strives to unlock the power of resilience—patching is a game-changing practice that empowers your systems, strengthens your defenses, and ensures you stay one step ahead in the relentless pursuit of resilience.

Patching as a Resilience Test

Patching is the process of applying updates and fixes to software and systems. When you continually patch your systems, it is inevitable that you may encounter bad patches along the way. However, this shouldn’t deter you. In fact, it highlights the need to face these challenges head-on. View it as a resilience test for your organization.

The Fear of System Failure

Many businesses are reluctant to patch their systems due to the fear of potential system failures. However, if you can’t afford to bring down a system temporarily and recover it swiftly, your resilience is at stake. In the event of an actual disaster and your systems crash, how much time, money, and how many customers will you lose? Avoiding patching in fear of system failure ultimately weakens your ability to bounce back from disruptions and strengthens the likeliness your business will fall apart.

Patching Aggressively: A Call to Action

Regardless of the size of your organization, patching aggressively is highly recommended. By proactively applying patches and updates, you not only minimize vulnerabilities but also build a foundation of resilience. Foster a culture where it is prioritized as a vital part of system maintenance and security. Patch consistently and constantly to reduce risk and keep a proactive defense against system failures.

The Synergy between Patching and Disaster Recovery

Interestingly, the systems you rely on to recover quickly from a bad patch are the same systems that will help you bounce back from disasters. Disasters are not just limited to cyber attacks; system failures can be caused by fires, hurricanes, or even an employee accidentally deleting something extremely vital. Therefore, patching serves as a crucial component of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. By integrating robust patching practices with disaster recovery plans, businesses can enhance their overall resilience and minimize downtime. Take a look at our AirGapd™ disaster recovery solution for more help in disaster recovery and backups.

Designing Infrastructure for Resilience

To reinforce your organization’s ability to recover, it is essential to design your infrastructure with resilience in mind. This includes having backup plans in place, such as a Hail Mary option or implementing layered backups using tools like Veeam and immutable storage in AWS. These measures ensure alternative pathways to restore systems swiftly and effectively.

Patching is not just a routine task; it is a resilience test for businesses. Embracing patching as an integral part of your system maintenance strategy bolsters your organization’s ability to recover from disruptions, both internal and external. By patching aggressively and designing infrastructure with resilience in mind, you pave the way for a stronger, more secure digital environment. Remember, it’s not just about fixing vulnerabilities; it’s about building resilience to empower your business.

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