Our cyber security experts have recently noticed a worrying trend with Microsoft Windows 10 Updates. It seems that many organisations are running out-of-date Windows 10 build versions. This is due to the fact that they have assumed automatic updates are sufficient to maintain security and compliance. This is not the case, so do read on for more information if you are in a similar position.
Windows 10 builds
Automatic Windows updates will provide all of the updates available. However, the version of the build installed is the most important aspect to pay attention to. For example, if your build is below Windows 10, version 21H1 (E)(W) then you will not receive ‘Microsoft Security Updates’. If this is the case then your computer is vulnerable and not compliant with industry standards.
To re-enable security and compliance, the Windows 10 build must be updated. This is only possible via ‘Microsoft Update Assistant’. Here you can download and then run it, automatically bringing you up-to-date with the latest build versions of Windows that are supported.
Check the latest Windows release statuses to see where you stand.
What does it mean if my Windows is out-of-date?
From a cyber security for business perspective, then it means automatic failure in cyber essentials (CE) certification for one. CRIBB is an official certification body and we provide help for organisations to pass. Whilst the CE assessment is a self-assessment, cyber security expertise certainly helps raise the chances of you passing.
CE is not just about the amount of devices you have in use. It also takes into account the different browsers running on them. Operating systems are also an important consideration.
Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus are becoming increasingly critical for businesses of all sizes. These are just two examples of cyber security certifications, too. Do you need to be certified? Contact our experts to find out.
From a more generic perspective, outdated Windows means your computer is vulnerable. Cyber security stories are now rife on mainstream news platforms. You must never assume you are not a potential target. That means you should also ensure that you have security measures in place.
Microsoft Windows 10 Updates are incredibly useful and you certainly need to install them often. However, you also need to be aware of the actual build you are using.