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Patch Management: Keep it up to date

IT systems should be kept up to date to fix vulnerabilities and protect against cyber threats.

Challenges

Do we have the resources to keep all of our IT systems up to date with the required patches?

Patching is the process of applying ’patches‘ or updates to software, to fix flaws or vulnerabilities. This concerns software behind applications, operating systems, servers or any network device. A ’patch‘ is a piece of code that has been developed to fix or improve a software after its initial release, e.g. to fix a vulnerability that could be exploited by malicious users. While most patches concern security vulnerabilities, they can also be applied to fix bugs or improve the performance of IT systems.

In a corporate environment, patching can become a tedious and resource-consuming task due to the large number of IT systems and required patches to keep them up to date. To handle this task, a disciplined ’patch management‘ process is needed, to systematically identify, acquire, test and install patches on IT systems, to ensure that they are kept up to date and protected from cyber threats. The process can be manual or automatic, using a designated tool which constantly searches for new patches and applies them automatically throughout the network. Regardless of the chosen approach, patch management is an essential part of any vulnerability management process, and should be implemented to help organisations tackle some of the following common challenges:

  • IT systems require consistent patching to perform optimally and be protected against cyber threats

  • Applying patches to IT systems is tedious and resource-consuming if not done effectively.

  • Every day, new software vulnerabilities are discovered which require patching.

  • Once a patch for a software vulnerability has been released, the vulnerability is made public, making the system even more susceptible to attacks from malicious users.

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Patching is the process of applying ’patches‘ or updates to software, to fix flaws or vulnerabilities. This concerns software behind applications, operating systems, servers or any network device. A ’patch‘ is a piece of code that has been developed to fix or improve a software after its initial release, e.g. to fix a vulnerability that could be exploited by malicious users. While most patches concern security vulnerabilities, they can also be applied to fix bugs or improve the performance of IT systems.

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Manager