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There are many different names for the second Tuesday of every month: Patch Tuesday, Super Tuesday, Black Tuesday — and maybe even some other unsavory nicknames not suitable for print. This day, when Microsoft rolls out security updates, is the fulcrum around which most organisations' whole patch management cycles revolve. But just as there are different nicknames for the day, there are also differing opinions about how it should be handled and how quickly organisations should respond with changes.

According to Rich Bentley, market segment manager for Altiris, it is a choice between speed and taking due care. "From my experience, it falls into two general categories," Bentley said. "There's the ‘let's get it out as soon as we can and let's patch everything approach.' And then there's the ...

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