Patch management is one area where many IT organizations struggle. The operating systems vendors have done a good job with providing easy patching solutions for their products, but there are so many third party applications out there to patch that it can become an impossible task. With new vulnerabilities announced each week, keeping up with all the patches is a problem in itself, and even if handled in bursts, you may have large time periods where your network will be vulnerable. A good patch management solution can fix this for you. Here are nine reasons why you need good patch management:
Whether you are dealing with internal policies, or external requirements like PCI, a good patch management solution makes it easy to remain in compliance, assuring all systems are kept up-to-date.
Good patch management applications provide robust reporting, so you know at any point in time what your security posture is and the state of any system.
Many companies find that their networks are no longer in a supportable state if they fall too far behind on patching and service packs. A good patch management solution helps ensure that this doesn’t happen to you.
4. Vulnerability scanning and remediation
One of the most important reasons to have patch management is to keep up with security updates. Good patch management applications can scan for and report vulnerabilities. Administrators will then be able to test these patches and push the updates quickly.
5. Third party application patching
One major challenge for IT shops is how to deploy patches for the third party applications across their systems. Patch management applications can handle third party apps just as easily as they do operating systems.
With a good patch management solution, keeping your systems, your records, and your licensing up to date is an easy task.
This guest post was provided by Casper Manes on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. Learn more about the right patch management solution.
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Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.