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
.


Pre-register for an upcoming audiocast

Reduce
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.

This event will occur
on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at 11:00 AM PST
.


More on automated patch management

Taking
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.

Implementing
Security Patch Management

Source: Microsoft
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.