What Is the ‘Fujiwhara Effect’ of Vulnerability Patching?

Microsoft, Oracle and other software vendors release regular vulnerability patches to help organizations guard against cyberattacks. However, several software vendors will launch vulnerability patches on the same date at least three times in 2020, resulting in a phenomenon known as the "Fujiwhara effect."

The Fujiwhara effect typically occurs when two hurricanes collide with one another, resulting in a massive storm. In terms of vulnerability patching, the Fujiwhara effect happens when two or more software vendors release vulnerability patches on the same day, according to Risk Based Security.

Organizations can experience the Fujiwhara effect of vulnerability patching this year on January 14, April 14 and July 14. On these dates, the following software vendors are scheduled to release vulnerability patches:

  • Microsoft.
  • Oracle.
  • Adobe.
  • SAP.
  • Siemens.
  • Schneider Electric.

MSSPs can help organizations prepare for the Fujiwhara effect, too. They can provide insights into vulnerability patching and help organizations keep their software up to date, and in doing so, ensure organizations are protected against current and emerging cyber threats.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.