Creating A Patch Management Policy Can Be Simple With Automation
The Patch Management Lifecycle involves a number of key steps in an area of system management; like acquiring, testing, and installing multiple patches of software or existing application. The administered computer system determines which patch requires to be updated. The system admin ensures that patches are installed properly, and all associated procedures are documented as per specific configurations required. This makes the process simple and easy.
Most software companies conduct Patch management as part of their internal process to fix issues with the software version. They also document the existing system and software tool. Some patches are functionality-based, which needs a thorough testing. The objective of software patches is to fix an issue which is noted during the release of the software. This is primarily done to analyze if there is any potential risk viz-a-viz to security.
Patch Management has undergone drastic changes over the period of time. It's a different ball game today. Earlier, when software was free without a license, patches were stand-alone code modules available on the external media. The admin would simply add the code to the existing software program and run it. Today, things have moved on to the cloud.
Patches are available over the global IP network, and it gets updated automatically, which scans the system and alerts you for update. This helps the admin to analyze if there is anything more to be done to keep the system running seamlessly.
The increased complexity of IT infrastructure and network, and the ever growing threat of malware has been a challenge for every system administrator. The software installation and updates have grown significantly, and so is the speed at which the vulnerability strikes. To deal with Patch Management the system performs automated tasks - the admin performs timely deployment of updates.
The patch management policy helps take a decision during the cycle. The policy cover clarification about patching strategy, and whether all patches should be automated, manual or default. There has to be a classification based on the seriousness of the security issue followed by the remedy. Patch Management is a set of generalized rules and solutions. The idea is to have a process in place that prevents load and compatibility problems.
The policy applies to all components of the IT infrastructure and includes; Computers, Servers, Software, Routers and switches, Peripherals, Databases and Storage.
Users should be made aware of the policy. Admin and IT staff are responsible to keep the system clean and safe and ensure the patches are updated regularly.
The administrator can create new patch management policies from the Policies interface for automatically and periodically install the patches and updates or third-party applications available from the patch management server onto individual endpoints or groups of endpoints covered by specific tags, registered for the selected customer account.
To add a new policy
The Patch Management module allows administrators to create policies to automatically apply patches to endpoints according to a specific schedule. Creating a policy will keeps selected endpoints up-to-date without the administrator intervention. Policies are constructed by specifying the type of patch (operating system or third-party), the schedule for the operation, the target endpoints and various other criteria such as patch severity. The patch management module uses 'Cron' to execute the policy commands.