The Patch Payback Problem

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On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases its latest compilation of security patches, prompting security professionals to quickly evaluate the impact of each on their entire infrastructure, put together a test and implementation plan, and efficiently close up those pesky vulnerabilities before the bad guys can get through. Just like clockwork, right? Don’t we wish!

In reality, despite all the attention software flaws have gotten the last few years, programs designed to keep up with security patches – even the most critical patches – are not yet a well-oiled machines in most organizations. Microsoft's April security bulletin included eight patches: five ...

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