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Best Practices for Cybersecurity Patch Management

Rakia Binte Khalid Nov 23, 2020
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Patch management is the process of handling a full system of computers by constantly testing different patches on them to keep them as up-to-date as possible. Automating this process is known as Patch management. Using patch management, experts detect missing patches and then implement the process of sending out different patches. The entire process is an automated one, starting from the detection of the missing patches to the deployment of the patches. This whole process is done on a centralized patch management server.

Advantages of Patch Management

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  • Patch Management improves productivity and reduces costs because it eliminates the cost spend on poor patch management. It increases productivity because while this process is an automated one, you can focus on other more important tasks. This helps get more things done.
  • Patch Management removes the risk of any serious security issues. If any company does not have patch management then they are putting their security department at a huge risk.
  • Patch management is mostly useful when new patches come out. Whenever new patches come out, hackers and cybercriminals are already trying to get their way into the patch and exploit in some way possible. To avoid these, it is necessary to add security updates to your patch management.
  • Manually taking care of so many patches on a day-to-day basis is a very stressful and hard task to do. Many times, it can result in huge errors, which can end up you in a dangerous spot.
  • You do not need to pay your Patch management employees to do the tasks for you manually. Why not just automate the whole process. This will save you time and money and benefit your company greatly in the end.
  • If your product is receiving constant new patches and they are fully functioning then your customers will be very happy with you as a company. They will consider you as a company that cares about their product and sends out consistent patches so that their product stays top-notch for its customers.
  • You can add new features to your product using a patch management system. This will improve your product, can help you experiment with what your customer likes, and does not like. If they do not like it then you can just come out with a new patch and remove the new update you added.

Best Practices for Patch Management

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It is always best to keep your Patch management of the highest quality and highest safety possible. Do not worry as we have the best practices for you to implement into your Patch management.

  • Make sure to implement scanning into your patch management system always. An automated scan will detect any sort of trouble or error in your system. It eliminates the need for you to manually go and find the error.
  • Make sure to release patches for your system or software regularly. This results in any hackers trying to exploit your previous patches and they cannot keep up with regular patches.
  • Whenever your scanner scans and finds a critical severity level problem always make sure to fix it and dispatch the missing patch. This can result in huge problems as if you do not take care of serious problems quickly or they can ruin your whole system. You should deal with critical severity levels problems s as soon as possible and medium or handle low severity level problems within a week or so time.
  • Always make sure to scan for any anti-virus updates and send out patches regularly so that you can keep yourself up to date.
  • Always make sure to get your patch management system from a properly managed service provider such as Amsat who provides one of the best patch management systems out there in the industry.

You can always contact us for more information and assistance with Patch Management.

Rakia Binte Khalid

Content Writer at Arpatech

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