Planning Your Update Strategy

Deploying patches successfully with any tool requires planning and preparation. There are numerous aspects to consider, many of which depend on your specific environment and user requirements. Here are items to consider when developing your patch management strategy:

Scope: Start by determining which systems and applications to patch. Although not updating all systems or applications for a particular flaw may pose a security risk, there may be specific reasons not to patch a particular piece of software (for example, third-party vendor support, as described in the next bullet).

Third-party support: Check with your application vendors before applying patches. Many vendors do not support their products if you ...

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