Before, During and After Patch Tuesday: A Survival Guide

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Breathe easy! The patches are deployed and your systems are safer! Patches are a monthly recurrence, though, so you’ll need to start getting ready for next month by assessing what you’ve just finished. Keep accurate reports of the patches deployed, reboots that occurred, etc., to make sure that every patch was deployed properly. Figure out how long it took to patch all the assets in your organization. This is a great metric to measure against every month. Keep monitoring your systems to ensure patches aren’t removed and that systems stay in compliance. Modify any relevant system settings, distribution parameters, etc., to continue optimizing your system for next month’s updates. 

If you have more questions about Patch Tuesday, you can check out more best practice suggestions in this whitepaper or in the Patch Tuesday Resource Center.

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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