What is a Patch Management program?
Software applications, operating systems, network devices, and other digital assets will receive patches throughout their lifecycle. Patches are released by vendors to provide additional functionality, improve performance and, most importantly, to address security vulnerabilities.
A Patch Management program formalises and streamlines the process of procuring, testing, and implementing patches across your environment.
Are there any prerequisites for implementing a Patch Management program?
Implementing a robust patch management program requires careful planning and consideration of various prerequisites
What are the dangers of not installing security updates?
Failing to install security updates can expose your organization to significant risks and vulnerabilities. Here are some dangers associated with not promptly installing security updates:
What is the Difference between Patch Management and Vulnerability Management?
Patch Management and Vulnerability Management, while closely related, each provide very distinct functions within an organisation:
Vulnerability Management programs enable the identification, assessment, and remediation of vulnerabilities. In many cases, remediation of vulnerabilities involves applying patches – and that is where Patch Management comes in. A robust Patch Management program allows for the controlled procurement, testing, and application of patches. In these cases, the Vulnerability Management program feeds into the Patch Management program.
So why do you need both? Here are two reasons:
Where can I learn about the latest patches for my assets?
Always download software updates and patches directly from vendor. Here is a list of official repositories of updates and security patches for common products:
- Microsoft Security Response Center
- Microsoft Update Catalog
- Apple Security Updates
- Cisco Support and Downloads
- UniFi Updates and Downloads
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