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January 17, 2017
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Patch Management: Essentials and Best Practices

We can all try and pretend that patch management is an interesting subject. It’s not though. But, just because it’s not the most exciting topic, it doesn’t lessen the importance of the matter at hand.

Passing on the importance of patch management can, however, be tricky due to its not-so-interesting facade. While many users will see updates being installed on their machine, it’s likely that they don’t even know what they are or understand the importance of them.

The truth is: Leaving these patches untouched is leaving your systems vulnerable and unstable to a variety of risks.

It is important to understand the possible implications of failing to stay on top of patching. Yes, they can be very tedious and time consuming, but you are deferring a lot of risk within your systems by keeping everything up-to-date. Just because you haven’t had a disruptive system problem in the past, doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future. Many organizations are now passing these tasks to managed service providers because of their time intrusive nature. Whether you don’t have the time, manpower, or resources to take away from revenue generating projects, an experienced expert team can give a lending hand.

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of patch management and what consequences you could face without proper commitment.

Patches are released for a reason

Failing to install these patches can mean that systems are wide open to hacking attempts and privacy risks. The consequences of not patching can range from a minuscule issue to critical data loss and an embarrassing security breach.

Let’s not be #basic, let’s dig a bit deeper

Yes, the basic operating system updates need installed, but it’s important you are diving in a bit deeper than that. To be truly effective, patch management also needs to cover everything from updates to web plugins such as flash to content management systems.

Patch timing is important

Patching too early can be just as bad as patching too late. If a new patch causes compatibility issues and is rolled out across the network without proper testing, the outcome could be system downtime that leads to business revenue loss. This stresses the importance of using test environments for success and organized patch management.

Not just PCs, Servers too

Servers need patched as frequently, if not more often than PCs. To avoid business disruption this could mean patching outside of working hours. Without a patch management solution that allows for patching at a distance, the outcome can likely be needing employees to work later hours or disruption.

 

Manual patching is repetitive and time consuming for IT departments. Investing in a managed solution may result in lower IT costs and can allow for your current team to regain focus on revenue generating projects. Relinquish the management and administrative overhead from your current IT staff to a 24/7/365 team. You will be able to receive peace of mind that your environment is protected from potential exploits.

 

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