Access "Six steps for security patch management best practices"
This article is part of the March 2003 issue of Dollars and sense: Getting the security budget you need -- and spending it wisely
January's SQL Slammer worm reminded us of the importance of patching vulnerabilities in computer software. Most successful computer attacks exploit well- known vulnerabilities, for which patches exist. The problem is that hundreds of patches are released each month, many of which apply to OSes and applications residing in your organization's network. How do you know which patches to install, and which to ignore? And what's the proper order and process for installing them? Patch management is a complex process, and I can't cover all the variables here. But I can distill the process into six general steps. The importance of each stage of the patch process--and the amount of time and resources you should spend on it--will depend on your organization's infrastructure, requirements and overall security posture. Step 1: Develop an up-to-date inventory of all production systems, including OS types (and versions), IP addresses, physical location, custodian and function. Commercial tools ranging from general network scanners to automated discovery products can ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
Roundtable: Advice on IT security budget management
by Andrew Briney
Four CISOs discuss practical strategies for getting the security budget you need, and spending it wisely.
Vulnerability scanners: Not the best tools for network perimeter defense
by Joel Snyder, contributor
Sidebar: Vulnerability scanners prove mediocre tools for helping IDSes protect the network perimeter.
IT security auditing: Best practices for conducting audits
by Carole Fennelly, Contributor
Even if you hate security audits, it's in your best interest to make sure they're done right.
Security spending on a tight information security budget
by Andrew Briney
Infosecurity budgets are increasing at a far slower rate than many people assume.
- Roundtable: Advice on IT security budget management by Andrew Briney
Testing and comparing vulnerability analysis tools
by Joel Snyder, Contributor
We tested five VA scanners to see how well they illuminate holes in your systems.
Beefing up security with BIG-IP load balancer
by Scott Sidel, Contributor
F5 Networks beefs up its BIG-IP load balancer to take on a greater security role.
Security audit tools: Vendors every auditor should use
by Caroline Fennelly, Contributor
Sidebar: An auditor should be familiar with a variety of tools and utilities, not just a single packaged scanner. They include utilities and power tools, both open source and commercial.
- Testing and comparing vulnerability analysis tools by Joel Snyder, Contributor
IT security spending: How to spend less
by Andrew Briney
To get the budget you need, think like a CFO: How do we make more, or how do we spend less?
IT security and ethical hacking: Does it do more harm than good?
by William H. Murray, Contributor
SQL Slammer was a new worm, but it's an old problem.
Your're caught: Examining punsihment for cybercrime
by Lawrence Walsh
The Trippin Smurfs hacker gang chose the wrong day to deface NASA.
The growth of information security acronyms
by Jay Heiser, Contributor
As more security certifications become available, there's an even greater opportunity for acronym abuse.
Six steps for security patch management best practices
by Fred Avolio, Contributor
Six steps to help decide when you must patch...and when it's OK to wait.
Protect Active Directory traffic with a VPN
by Russ Cooper, Contributor
Active Directory network traffic is mission critical and highly sensitive, and must be protected by a VPN.
Security for the virtual enterprise
by John Taylor, Contributor
When everything's "outside," how do you secure the "inside"?
- IT security spending: How to spend less by Andrew Briney
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
Cloud and mobility in the enterprise has caused a heightened need for organizations to take a closer look at next generation authentication ...
Virtualization and cloud computing are part and parcel of enterprise networks today. Virtualization security, however, is still a bolt-on affair ...
Mobile device security is one of the biggest nightmares InfoSec pros face in the era of bring your own everything (BYOE). Simply banning employees ...