Understanding the Benefits of Patch Management| February 10, 2021
Concensus is proud to offer patch management services on a quarterly or monthly basis. But before we get to that, let’s talk about what exactly patch management means, and how it can benefit your business.
What is Patch Management?
Patch management is the process of managing a network of computers by performing consistent patch deployment to keep all systems up-to-date. In the grand scheme of things, keeping your systems up-to-date is extremely important. That’s because when everything is up-to-date, your systems are more secure and protected from things like bugs, malware, and other cybersecurity threats.
While patching one piece of software from a vendor can be a pretty simple task, chaos can quickly unfold when you have several devices with various programs. You need to make sure all of your devices are patched at the same time, which is where patch management can help immensely.
In today’s world of the hybrid office and working remotely, chances are that are parts of your system are in an physical office, while others are virtual or cloud-based. Patch management software can handle keeping tabs on all of your systems and parts, from on centralized operation.
Why do I Need It?
Patch management helps keep your systems healthy by performing regularly scheduled health checks. When testing is pre-planned, success is guaranteed, and downtime is eliminated. Patch management will also help you avoid issues with certificates. At the end of the day, patch management gives you a lot of time back in your schedule and will relieve your business of the many pains associated with security threats.
Our team at Concensus offers patch management services for all SUSE Linux and Micro Focus products. When you work with us, we will:
- Create a baseline to bring all your products up to date
- Create a patch and change management procedure
- Host an SMT server(s) specific for your environment on-premise or in Concensus Cloud
- Create a fallback plan
- Document change management requests
- Create a post update test case plan
- Perform upgrades on a scheduled basis and report the results