Practical Patch Management

    Date22 Oct 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Managing security patches leads to many a stormy day for IT personnel -- and while Microsoft is a natural lightning rod because of Windows' ubiquity, the problem touches on all operating systems and applications. . . Managing security patches leads to many a stormy day for IT personnel -- and while Microsoft is a natural lightning rod because of Windows' ubiquity, the problem touches on all operating systems and applications.

    Patch management quickly can flatten IT departments as they struggle to find the time and resources needed to get the problem under control. The cost implications are huge. Aberdeen Group estimates the tab for patch management for U.S. businesses at $2 billion per year.

    "Amazing" is how one technologist characterized the frustration level he has had in dealing with Windows patches. "Getting a good collective knowledge of where to find patches was a challenge," says Andrew Nielsen, a senior technologist who works for Raytheon Technical Services in support of NASA Ames Research Center's Federal Information Processing Service contract.

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