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Responsible administrators struggle to patch in a timely fashion without disrupting their networks, but patching all of an organization's assets takes time. Server patches must be tested before deploying. Endpoint patching is further slowed by logistics, since administrators don't have direct possession or control of end-point devices and there may be a diversity of software versions. Administrators want to limit this vulnerable period between the availability and the complete deployment of the patch. This white paper discusses the inherent challenges of Patch Tuesdays, and the need for the complimentary, pre-emptive protections offered by Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS). While patching is still necessary, an IPS can help make the process less disruptive and solve many of the security problems associated with patching delays.
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