Many organizations, especially those that handle mission-critical or confidential data, are discovering that the best way to keep their information technology systems up and running, and protected against security attacks is via a patch management software.
Smaller organizations typically run patch management software only in crucial computer terminals and systems. On the other hand, bigger organizations can often be expected to run it across the enterprise.
Have you invested in a software patch management system for your company? If yes, take these tips to help you get the most out of your investment:
- Let the machine work. The fast pace at which people and companies are doing business has also compelled IT professionals to perform more tasks using lesser tools. Managing patches for your software can take up so much time. Having patch management software can automate many steps of the process for you. Explore the tasks that can be automated to save you crucial time.
- Have a plan. Patch management software is not something that you simply install and expect to run by itself. You also need to set parameters and tasks. Remember also that any software is only as good as the person running it, so make sure you know exactly how your software works, and what it should be doing.
- Run tests. Never, ever install patches with prior testing.
- Know what the configurations of your hardware are. Any software has hardware and operating system requirements. In addition, software has to be configured for it to run on or with any existing hardware system. So make sure that you know exactly the configurations of your server to make sure that the patches will run seamlessly.
- Keep to your set patch levels. This requires proactivity, in such a way that patches are deployed automatically on a daily basis, or even weekly.
Follow these tips and you will get the most out of your patch management software providing you with well maintained operating systems that will perform better with less errors and down time through preventable maintenance issues.