A survey conducted by B2B International on behalf of Kaspersky Lab found that only 35% of companies have adopted technologies to automatically install updates, leaving data at risk due to haphazard patch management by the majority of companies.
Updates are designed to enhance software performance and stability and periodical updates can eliminate vulnerabilities in corporate workstations. Kaspersky Lab said cybercriminals use exploits and unpatched vulnerabilities in outdated software to penetrate a company's IT infrastructure.
Cybercriminals mostly targeted the Java platform in 2012 - it accounted for 50% of all exploits - followed by Adobe Acrobat Reader with 28% share.
B2B International surveyed more than 5,000 IT managers working for different firms globally.
Last month, Kaspersky Lab and B2B International revealed that only two out of five organisations use effective technologies to protect against corporate threats.