Patch Management Policy

Overview of Patch Management Policy

Patch management helps IT teams eliminate bugs, promote productivity, and respond fast to known exploits. Intel vPro® Enterprise for Windows OS streamlines and helps simplify patching with remote management capabilities that work whether systems are inside or beyond the firewall—offering enormous value for businesses with remote workers.

What Is Patch Management?

Patch management is the process of applying updates to software, drivers, and firmware to protect against vulnerabilities. Effective patch management also helps ensure the best operating performance of systems, boosting productivity.

Whether it’s an employee laptop or a userless PC-based device, such as a kiosk or digital signage, all systems need to be secured. The risks of ignoring patch management can include exposing your business to leaks and breaches, loss of productivity, and loss of reputation.

Benefits: Why Is Patch Management Important?

The ultimate goal of patch management is to protect your endpoints from hackers and keep your systems running in top-notch shape. But patch management also confers a number of other benefits:

  • Promote productivity within the organization. Viewing patch management as a trade-off against productivity is a common misconception. Software that is well-managed with up-to-date patches works better and can help boost employee productivity.
  • Help lower the cost of device lifecycle management and repair. The office is everywhere, and businesses have had to pivot quickly to support a highly dispersed workforce. Remote management tools extend the abilities of IT, lowering the need for costly hardware shipments or truck rolls.
  • Help meet laws, regulations, and compliance standards. Many businesses must satisfy local or federal regulations in protecting data. These may include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for patient records, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for personal information collected during customer interactions, and similar regulations.

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