58. What is patch management and why are information security policies so important, and do you offer comprehensive I.T. security documentation?

Patch management - from an information security perspective – is the following: the policies, procedures and related processes undertaken for effectively identifying, acquiring, testing, distributing, installing, and monitoring security patches for all relevant system resources throughout an organization, including, but not limited to, all network devices, operating systems, applications, and other in-scope systems. Sounds like quite a task, and to be fair, it is, but also one of the most fundamentally important practices in all of information security. How so? It’s really quite simple in that critical systems often require security patches and software updates for ensuring interoperability with other systems, while also “patching” technical vulnerabilities within these very systems that can ultimately lead to malicious exploits.

Effective patch management is a must for any organization serious about ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of one’s critical systems - and the very first step is obtaining a comprehensive and well-written patch management program policy template.

Patch Management - Essential to nformation Security

FLANK, a worldwide leader in security documentation, offers the FLANK21 set of documents containing just that – an extremely high-quality and in-depth patch management program policy template. With literally hundreds of operational, business specific, and information security documents to choose from, the FLANK21 set of documents should be number 1 on any I.T. professional’s purchase list. Don’t forget also that the growing regulatory compliance laws and mandates all require documented policies and procedures to be in place, yet another reason to obtain the all-inclusive set of policies, procedures, forms, checklists, templates, provisioning and hardening documents – and more – from FLANK.

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Even without regulatory compliance mandates and constraints, it just makes good business sense to have in place a comprehensive set of enterprise-wide security policies and procedures – documents that speak to the essential “who, what, when, where, and why” of one’s information systems landscape. Data breaches, security exploits, and many other forms of cyber security attacks are making front page news these days, requiring organizations to get serious about information security, and rightfully so. It starts with information security policies and procedures, specifically the FLANK21 set of documents from FLANK