Priming for patch management

Use these resources to learn about patch management solutions for your organization.
Written by Selena Frye, Contributor

Dealing with the consequences of serious virus outbreaks such as Blaster, SoBig, and MyDoom put many companies on notice that they simply could not rely on a policy of hit-and-miss, manual patching when security updates rolled around.

"A day late and a dollar short" doesn't cut it when the enterprise's data is on the line and downtime can translate into significant losses. According to security watchdogs, the time between the discovery of system vulnerabilities and the exploits that take advantage of them is decreasing because the hackers are becoming more "professional."

What does all of this add up to?

A renewed interest in automated patch management as net admins try to stay one step ahead of new threats.

To help you find the best solution for your organization, we've gathered some resources to help you research the software:

Patch resources:
  • ZDNet Australia reviews four different patch management packages
  • Virus Threat Center
  • Taking the Risks and Guesswork Out of Patch Management--Source: St. Bernard Software
  • Implementing Security Patch Management (webcast)--Source: Microsoft
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