Patch Management and Service Packs
The rise of widespread worms and malicious code targeting known vulnerabilities on unpatched systems, and the resultant downtime and expense they bring, is probably the biggest reason so many organisations are focusing on patch management.
Along with these threats, increasing concern around governance and regulatory compliance (e.g. HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley) has pushed companies to gain better control and oversight of their information assets.
This, together with the increasingly interconnected partners and clients and the rise of broadband connections and remote workers, has thrust patch management to the forefront of many organisations’ list of security priorities.
What is the main objective of a Patch management policy?
The main objective of a patch management programme is to create a consistently configured environment that is secure against known vulnerabilities in operating system and application software.
Unfortunately, as with many technology-based problems, good, practical solutions are not as apparent. Managing updates for all the applications and operating system versions used in a small company is fairly complicated, and the situation only becomes more complex when you take into account additional platforms, availability requirements, and remote offices and workers.
Where we come in
A key component of patch management is the intake and vetting of information regarding both security issues and patch release – you must know which security issues and software updates are relevant to your environment. Signal Networks ensures it is always up to date on newly released patches and security issues that affect the systems and applications deployed in all environments.
A comprehensive and accurate asset management system can help determine whether all existing systems are accounted for when researching and processing information on patches and updates.
Other elements of a Patch Management Policy:
- Prioritisation and Scheduling
- Change Management
- Installation and Deployment
- Audit and Assessment
- Consistency and Compliance