Security's Everyman

Security's Everyman

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Patch Management Poll Results

Judging from the voter turnout for this weeks poll you would think that it was a local government election. Voter turnout is usually in the 10% arena and this week it was closer to about 3%.

Here are the results:
How does your company handle Patch Management?
A)Research, Test, Deploy w/i 30 days 27%
B)Research, Test, Deploy with no set time frame 18%
C)Deploy all soon after release 0%
D)Deploy all after a month or so if no bad effects made known 27%
E)Use MS Update w/ automatic installation 18%
F)We don't need no stinkin' patches 9%

The good news is that most of you are patching your systems and I imagine the one who
voted for (E) is either lying or works in a one may shop running Linux and needs to
patch it.:) The better news is that most of you actually have a plan beyond using MS
Update with no over site. The really good news is that no one said that they were blindly deploying the patches soon after release. Wait, except for those who chose E. :( The bad news is that since so few of you actually voted that makes me wonder if you aren't patching and just don't want to admit it.

There won't be anymore polls this year. It's getting close to the end of the year and
lots of people are going on vacation and when it comes to reading blogs and such I
imagine that lots of people will just give them a quick glance and only actually
read them if they look really interesting or exciting. Actually taking action and
making a choice on a poll is probably asking too much.

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