In a reality of ever-increasing cyber threats, companies simply must get patching right. But research shows that many businesses leave critical assets unpatched for months and years at a time. (Photo: iStock)

The Equifax breach is the latest in a string of incidents that highlight the need for businesses to fortify their security operations.

Equifax is one of the largest breaches in history, impacting more than 145.5 million Americans — rendering their personal financial history publicly available — and is expected to cost Equifax hundreds of millions of dollars.

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