What is Patch Management ?

Patch Management is an process,which manages patches or upgrades software applications and technologies. As the name suggests a patch is a piece of software designed to update a computer program or its supporting data. It also identifies threats and protects your system against it.

One of the best methods to safeguard your system and its applications is by applying Patches on a regular basis. Moreover Patch Management reduces the amount of time and money spent on identifying and remediating malware’s.

To deploy patch management one has to keep in mind the following things,

Complete Understanding:
To deploy Patch Management system, organizations must have an complete understanding of vulnerabilities and security issues pertaining to their software and its applications.

Scan and Detect:
Scan and detect for missing security patches

Patch Preference:
This step involves identification of suitable patch , prioritizing it and deploying .

Patch Testing:
Compatibility is important, because one may have the potential risk of losing your data in the process of patch deployment.Backing up your data before patch management may prevent your system from losing data in the process of deployment.

Management Tools:
The final step in the deployment of Patch Management system is using the right tools for the setup process.While choosing management tools organizations must look for certain aspects, such as tools which are already existing ,the number of systems to be supported and platforms supported.

Why Patch Management ?
WannaCry had targeted the older versions of Windows operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows 2003. It had exploited the vulnerability in them since they are unsupported by Microsoft. Anticipating this threat, Microsoft had issued a patch on March 2017. Operating systems which had installed these patches were not compromised.

Hence installing patches is one of the best methods to protect your systems from malware’s such as Wannacry.

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