Patchwork Pretty: Your Checklist for a Best Practices Approach to Patch Management

Some aspects of patch management have become almost routine for IT departments managing software, largely due to Microsoft's monthly "Patch Tuesday." Yet in many cases, companies pay little or no attention to some commonly used browsers and applications, perhaps because IT has been overwhelmed by the volume of software requiring regular manual patches. A recent poll of the Infoworld audience finds that most respondents are patching Microsoft Windows monthly or more frequently. With the continuing proliferation of software and devices in the modern enterprise, manual patch management simply can't keep up. Managing Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday updates represents just the tip of the iceberg.

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