A patch management process refers to a standard procedure involving distributing and applying updates to software that is followed whenever a patch to vulnerabilities needs to be enacted.
Implementing a patch management process is important, but monitoring it to ensure its effectiveness is just as critical.
Metrics such as percentage of systems up-to-date, percentage of failed patches, number of hours/days to patch, etc. are a valuable tool to examine your patches. In addition to metrics, it is vital to verify patches after installing them to determine if the vulnerability has been remediated.
Status reports on the latest patch updates is also a crucial step in the patch management process. Status reports show the effectiveness of your patches and whether new configurations need to be added.
At Vulcan, we have Remedy Cloud – the world’s largest vulnerability database dedicated exclusively to remediation. Not only does it contain a directory of known vulnerabilities, it also gives you quick access to the fixes you need.