Patch management is a technical term for acquiring and applying software updates, also known as patches. As the name implies, these updates patch areas of the software that either have bugs, potential security failures, or aren’t operating as efficiently as they could. Software developers continue testing and improving their products long after their initial release, and often find potential vulnerabilities or areas that can be exploited through hackers’ ever-evolving technological capabilities and release patches to combat those attempts.

In addition to securing data from cyber-attacks, maintaining patch management also allows businesses to comply with any regulations, mandates, or best practices recommended for their industry. Without a competent patch management plan in place, your company could be fined by regulatory organizations, which can add up quickly to be an expensive and utterly unnecessary cost.

How Do Patches Work?

Patches range in size and scope. Some patches are relatively small and fix a single performance issue that some users reported in particular circumstances, whereas others can add new functionality to the system. They are essential to risk management, security, and performance of your applications. Patch management is a basic thing that should be done routinely and provides enormous benefits. It tends to be overlooked, but just because something is currently running fine doesn’t mean that everything is okay. An application will likely run better or more effectively, have more features available, or improve potential security holes with patches included. It is often seen as incidental, but patch management is incredibly important for a healthy technological environment.

Keeping your software up to date through patch management ensures that your system maximizes its uptime. Although any aspect of software can be patched, users typically see patches in embedded systems and operating systems. Although many patches revolve around increased security for your system, some patches add innovative functionality to your software and can allow you to automate certain processes, reduce costs, or improve efficiency in other ways. When you invest in a technological solution, you want to get the most for your money and leverage every applicable feature in that software. If you neglect patches, you may be missing out on new functions or improved or expanded pre-existing features that could change the way you do business.

Pantek appreciates and values the importance of patch management and has a Managed Service Agreement with a comprehensive patch management program. Our process will help keep your system operating at peak performance through proactive, strategic planning and the implementation of patches. Installing patches, the instant they become available, isn’t the wisest idea, so Pantek works with your company to schedule routine updates for your assets that fit your schedule. We keep track of your security protocols and upcoming patches, while also keeping you informed about their protection levels and assets that are covered or affected by these patches. That way, we can prioritize patches based on risk mitigation.

Comprehensively, patches provide a more sustainable, stable, and secure environment. Up-to-date technology is more straightforward for customers to interact with and improves their overall satisfaction with your company. At Pantek, we can help with your patch needs. Learn more about how we can help your business thrive in the fast-paced technological world today.