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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 18. Regular Updates

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and while we don't think that cyber awareness is something to cover just once in the year, we think it's a good opportunity to publish some information that can be used all year round.
Awareness Day Eighteen: Regular Updates
Awareness Day Eighteen: Regular Updates

Regular updates of both software and firmware is an essential way to help prevent a cyber attack.

Ensure the software patches are controlled centrally and consider enabling an automatic push to devices.

Consider removing devices from the network when they can no longer be upgraded to a supported operating system and iOS version.

Is software regularly reviewed and removed when no longer in use/required by the organisation?

Review the DfE Meeting Digital and Technology Standards in Schools and Colleges : which advises that all online devices and software must be licensed for use and should be patched with the latest security updates.

Review: NCSC Install the Latest Software and App Updates.
Review: NCSC Device Security Guidance
Review DPE's previous articles about software updates:

More questions like these are in our Information and Cyber Security Checklist (only viewable with a valid Data Protection Education subscription):