What is Patch Application?
Patch Application is the process of installing a code (or patch) into mainstream business applications to fix a vulnerability. Vulnerabilities are design flaws, glitches in a system, or failed updates which create a weakness in the software that can be exploited by hackers. This means it becomes easier for hackers to gain access to a computer or network via software and install malware.
Patches for vulnerabilities are usually created by the respective software company. The process of Patch Application involves undertaking scans of all programs and application on the computer network, determining if everything is up to date with the latest versions and patches, and (if they are not up to date) installing new patches for the software as required. The ACSC advises that for maximum protection this should be done every 48 hours.
Successful Patch Application management also involves deciding which patches are priorities for systems and scheduling efficient installation. With a patch management system, this process can be seamless for organizations; saving not only time and energy on manually undertaking patch updates, but further minimizing risks of cyber-attacks.
All our CSMS packages implement patching of applications and operating systems to minimize software vulnerabilities and thus increase the level of cybersecurity.