Patch Management Policy

Author(s): Sean Burkett, Sandi Conrad

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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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