Guest Column | January 3, 2014

Pitfalls To Avoid With Patch Management

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By Alistair Forbes, General Manager, GFI MAX business unit

Our reliance on software, from operating systems to applications, has never been greater. It is essential, therefore, that businesses keep their laptops, desktops, and servers as secure as possible. Front line security products such as antivirus, anti-spam, and firewall solutions play a big part in achieving this. It is equally important that operating systems, as well as security solutions and other third-party programs, are kept up-to-date to prevent weaknesses in IT infrastructures, which can cause them to be exploited.

Unfortunately, many businesses pay lip service when it comes to patching their systems. They know it’s important, but either they do not have the time and do nothing at all or they have a half-baked strategy that only causes more problems. Patch management can be a nightmare in the hands of the inexperienced, and if they do not have the right tools, a lot can go wrong. Here are a few pitfalls that we come across frequently.

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