Patch Management Home Cybersecurity Dictionary Patch Management The patch management process keeps computer systems and applications up to date by routinely obtaining, testing, and deploying appropriate code changes (patches) to address vulnerabilities. A good patch management process also coordinates workflow between IT and Security teams and tracks deployment status. Unpatched systems create easy targets for cyber adversaries. Gartner once estimated that 99% of exploits are based on vulnerabilities that have been known to cybersecurity pros for a year or more. While it seems like an easy fix to just stay current with patching, that is not always possible. IT teams must ensure the patch deployment process does not impair application and system stability or availability. Related TermsPatchingVulnerability ManagementPenetration TestingRed Team Share: Seeking Clarity? View the Cybersecurity Dictionary for top terms searched by your peers. Back to the Dictionary RELATED INSIGHTS DOWNLOAD October 22, 2018 PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security Learn how a risk-centric approach can be applied to each PCI requirement. See Details Read more about PCI Compliance Does Not Always Equal Security BLOG October 29, 2018 Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance Merchants often put compliance spending at the top of their list for budgeting purposes because the consequences of non-compliance can be expensive. F... See Details Read more about Leveraging Risk Strategy to Move Beyond Check-Box PCI Compliance DOWNLOAD July 31, 2017 PCI Services Learn how Optiv can help you plan, build and run your PCI compliance program. See Details Read more about PCI Services How Can We Help? Let us know what you need, and we will have an Optiv professional contact you shortly.