The patch management policy helps to ensure company computers are properly patched with the latest appropriate updates in order to reduce system vulnerability and to enhance repair application functionality. The policy aids in establishing procedures for the identification of vulnerabilities and potential areas of functionality enhancements, as well as the safe and timely installation of patches. The patch management policy is key to identifying and mitigating any system vulnerabilities and establishing standard patch management practices.

Risks addressed by this policy:

  • Attacks on company computer systems
  • Unforeseen side effects of system patches
  • Inappropriate patch deployment

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    Peter Jarrell | 11-06-2009

    Nice document. I just created my patch management document in 15 minutes.

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    Dave Elfering | 08-17-2010

    Simple, easy to use and common sense template.

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    Luc Jarry | 12-07-2016

    I understand that vulnerability assessment and patch management are related but ISO see them as two different policies.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 12-08-2016

      Thanks for your feedback. You are right in that vulnerability assessment will typically be done with the security team and will follow their security requirements, policies and procedures, whereas packaging, testing and deployment of the actual patches generally happens with the infrastructure and applications team and includes different policies and procedures. We’ve designed this document as a combined policy to provide an end-to-end view in one document, in part because of the overlap and alignment and in part for simplicity. We highly recommend that you work with all appropriate teams to bring the policy together.


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