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Patch and Remediation Management

Definition: Patch management is an area of systems management that involves acquiring, testing, and installing multiple patches (code changes) to an administered computer system. Patch management tasks include: maintaining current knowledge of available patches, deciding what patches are appropriate for particular systems, ensuring that patches are installed properly, testing systems after installation, and documenting all associated procedures, such as specific configurations required.

 

User Benefits:  Using a dedicated solution for Patch Management eases the IT staff’s job and saves time and costs through automation, allowing a centralized management of heterogenous environments.

 

Business Impact: It is important to realize that just because it is not easily quantified does not mean that the ability to remediate vulnerabilities sooner is not a valid benefit. In reality, it can and does save organizations from successful attacks. The real value in this case is a general level of risk reduction that yields a range of qualitative benefits, such as the reduced likelihood of:

• Loss of data;

• Loss of revenue;

• Loss of credibility with customers and partners; and,

• Legal action/liability.


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A patch is a piece of software designed to fix problems with, or update a computer program or its supporting data. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, and improving the usability or performance. A security patch is a change applied to an asset to correct the weakness described by a vulnerability and keep a system secure. This corrective action will prevent successful exploitation and remove or mitigate a threat’s capability to exploit a specific vulnerability in an asset.

Security patches are typically pretty similar to anti-virus software, except that instead of actually locating and destroying potential malware, they protect the current programs in areas that may be prone to attack by hackers. 

To ensure that systems remain configured and remediated correctly against the ever growing list of application and OS vulnerabilities, a solution is needed that automates discovery, assessment and remediation for heterogeneous environments and alerts busy IT administrators to issues proactively so they can address them immediately.

Patch and Remediation Management means doplying the security patches and related remediations automatically across the enterprise, schedule remediations and choose which vulnerabilities to resolve and when.

Such a solution is particularly important to effectively manage and implement the flood of software vulnerabilities, patches and configurations to reduce your threat exposure. With software companies shortening application and OS lifecycles and prematurely releasing versions, the number of bugs and design flaws is growing exponentially. In fact, an average of 19 new vulnerabilities are released per day.

Using a dedicated solution for Patch Management eases the IT staff’s job and saves time and costs through automation, allowing a centralized management of heterogenous environments.