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. ZDNet Australia reviews four different patch management packages, and there are also a host of resources at the Virus Threat Center.
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IT Risk with Intelligent Security Patch Management
If you're like most IT professionals, chances are the pressure is on to maximize security of your IT infrastructure. Virus attacks like Sasser, Blaster, and MyDoom have put an uncomfortable spotlight on the vulnerability of enterprise IT infrastructures. Join Tech Republic editor in chief Bob Artner and Steve Klos, technical evangelist of ManageSoft, for this informative audiocast. Learn how you can transform desktops, laptops, and servers into self-patching devices that automatically ensure compliance with your enterprise security.
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More on automated patch management
the Risks and Guesswork Out of Patch Management
Source: St. Bernard Software
Companies that cling to the old ways of doing patch management are at risk of endangering their mission-critical systems and databases and, therefore, the viability of the company itself. This paper provides Information Technology executives and administrators with an overview of the need for effective patch management as well as the strengths and weaknesses of available automated patch management solutions.
Security Patch Management
This Webcast talks about how to apply security best practices and use available tools and technologies to implement a patch management process and strategy within an organization. The session will discuss the patch management life cycle and demonstrate how tools such as Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and Software Update Services can be used to quickly and effectively respond to published security bulletins and establish patch compliance across the organization's infrastructure.
Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and IT Security blogs.