Enterprise Patch Management @ Tom's Hardware
Posted on: 10/20/2005 04:15 PM

A while ago Jim was asked to defect write some freelance articles for Tom's Hardware. His first series of articles was about patch management in the enterprise, a subject that is near and dear to many of you, I'm sure.
For a lot of large IT organizations, patch management is still a relatively new concept. Many hadn't even contemplated a patching strategy until August 2003, when the MS Blaster worm ravaged the systems of the unprepared. Blaster utilized an RPC (remote procedure call) vulnerability in Windows systems, allowing it to spread like wildfire - it infected over eight million PCs worldwide. This crippled many organizations for weeks, while service packs and hotfixes were quickly tested and applied, often manually.
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