Patch Management Policies
Here are the main steps in our manual patch management to manage and mitigate vulnerabilities in our environments:
Asset inventory: All assets are identified and categorized based on exposure and risk, to get an idea of which machines require rapid patch management and which require standard management.
Patch management roles in our team: Everyone on the team have clearly defined roles and responsibilities to handle patch management-related aspects.
Testing patches: Testing is performed in a test environment, which is a replica of the production environment with systems that include servers covering all mission-critical programs.
Backing up data in a production environment: If it needs to later be restored.
Patching schedule: To ensure that all software is up to date, applied regularly and secured from future risks.