Businesses today understand the need of frequently updating the many software applications they employ in order to keep them functioning smoothly and safe from cyberthreats. They, on the other hand, frequently neglect to update the firmware on their computers and other gadgets. At best, firmware is only updated when there is a hardware problem. It is, however, a good idea to maintain firmware updated at all times, and here's why.
What is firmware?
Firmware is a sort of software that is built into every piece of hardware in computers, computer peripherals (such as keyboards and mouse), printers, mobile devices, and Internet of Things devices. Some domestic equipment and gadgets, including as TV remote controls, as well as everyday objects like traffic lights, contain it.
Firmware, in essence, commands the device on which it is installed, delivering instructions for how the device interfaces with its various hardware components. It can only be used with the make and model of the hardware on which it is installed, and it cannot be uninstalled or removed.
Why is updating firmware important?
Firmware assaults are on the rise, according to Microsoft’s 2021 Security Signals study. In order to tamper with the firmware on motherboards or hardware drivers, these assaults entail inserting malware into computer systems. Cybercriminals can then do a variety of things with the infected machines, including remote control, disabling antivirus software, data exfiltration, and limiting access to the devices and the data they contain.
How to install firmware updates
The procedure for updating firmware varies depending on the device. On both iOS and Android smartphones, for example, you can easily download and instal firmware upgrades. For devices like routers, however, firmware upgrades must be downloaded through the manufacturer’s website or administrative console.
However, keep in mind that changing firmware can be time-consuming and tiresome. A firmware update can sometimes reset your devices and restore factory settings, resulting in the loss of custom configurations on computers, routers, and other devices. You can risk damaging your systems if you don’t follow the manufacturer’s directions to the letter.
To properly protect against firmware attacks and other dangers to your business’s cybersecurity, experts advocate implementing firmware upgrades as soon as they become available. Users will also benefit from improved speed and performance.