What is a Patch Management Process?

A patch refers to a piece of code that can be applied to a software program after it has been installed. Patches are developed to correct issues with that program that are discovered after it has been released. A patch management process thus refers to the systematic and documented management of patches.

Patch management, as a part of systems management, involves obtaining, analyzing and installing multiple patches to an administered computer system. Since a patch is a piece of code, it has to be installed. This means that it is essential for someone to know that they exist, decide if they are compulsory, and then take steps in order to prevent the occurrence of issues while deploying a patch.

Immediately after an operating system or software gets released, there are hackers ready to look for vulnerabilities that will let them in. There are instances when patches get released when hackers were unfortunately successful in detecting and exploiting the weakness and hence vendor goes back and patches it up to shut them down. There are also cases in which the vendors themselves identify the glitches first and then issue the patch that is required for correcting it. 

Thus, an effective patch management process will be able to protect business systems and networks from the constantly growing cyberthreats. To be more specific, it is a best practice towards safeguarding your data and preventing hacks that can be majorly expensive costly for any business.

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  • Released: 08/03/2018
  • Updated: 08/03/2018

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