If companies patch the most popular 37 Windows programs, they could cut their risk by 80 percent, according to a report released on Wednesday by vulnerability management and information firm Secunia. In its report, the company argues that businesses cannot afford to patch every flaw and so must focus on the applications that pose the most threat -- in this case, those with the highly or extremely critical vulnerabilities. Companies who focus on patching the most risky applications -- as measured by the criticality of vulnerabilities -- can reduce their risk more than businesses that focus on the just the most popular programs, according to the report.

CSO Online - Robert Lemos July 25, 2011