Before, During and After Patch Tuesday: A Survival Guide

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Determine ownership, permissions and responsibilities for threat identification, testing and remediation across security, IT and business units.  Define the patch cycle for different systems. Figure out the internal roles and access requirements within your organization. Formalize this in a patch plan. Pass this plan around to those who need to understand it and use it to help ensure that everyone understands the importance of keeping machines patched and up to date.

It’s been said that there are only two types of companies left in the world: those who know they’ve been hacked and those who don’t. We have to hope that there’s still a third group: those who have not been hacked. You can be sure those who belong to the third group are those who are rigorously implementing security features and, more importantly, keeping them updated.

Patching is not a highlight of the job, but it is a key – some might even say the key – to mitigating risk to your system and remediating vulnerabilities. Despite its importance, it is easy to let it fall by the wayside. To help make patching easier, Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, has come up with some simple tips to help your Patch Tuesday go by a little smoother and keep your systems up to date.


Related Topics : Network Security, Unified Threat Management

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