What Is Patch Management?

What Is Patch Management?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

Patch management is a process for identifying, acquiring, installing, and verifying patches (code changes) for software products. The goal of patch management is to ensure that relevant patches are identified, obtained, and installed in a timely manner to minimize any potential negative impact on the organization’s information systems.

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Key Points

  • Patch management is the process of identifying, acquiring, installing, and verifying patches for software products.
  • An effective patch management strategy can help organizations reduce vulnerabilities, improve security and compliance posture, and save time and money.
  • A key component of an effective patch management strategy has a robust testing process in place to ensure that patches do not introduce new vulnerabilities or break existing functionality.
  • Organizations should also have a plan in place for dealing with unpatched systems, such as isolating them from the network or implementing workarounds.
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional