You must have heard before that patching is of central importance for the smooth running of your systems. But are you familiar with what it actually means, simply put? You don’t need a degree in IT to understand the basic principle of this process and its relevance to your business. 

What is patching?

Since we are explaining about the patches made for Windows in this article, we should make clear from the very start- we are only discussing definitions and managing processes for the aforementioned operating system.

We don’t want to bore you with elaborated terms from the start on, but patching can be a complex process for IT professionals, too. In basic terms, these are the code changes which are released for existing software, aiming at keeping these systems updated and fixing the issues that these programs may have for the different versions.  The reason software patches are even a thing is because when software is initially released, a lot of these problems are not present, or they haven’t been noticed. Once patches are being provided on a regular basis, they are practically being inserted into the code of the Windows software. This acts as a stop-gap to prevent the occurrence of possible software problems, until a newer, improved version is released.

What are the risks of missing patching?

Needless to say, patching is of utmost importance when it comes to the security posture of your enterprise. Having a well-oiled management system in place to handle your Windows updates on your operating systems and your running applications will prevent you from being exposed to security risks. Having an unpatched software means that it is potentially being exposed to phishing threats, malware and other harmful exploits. Other than security patches, there are also secondary ones which cover for quality fixes, different OS components updates, new drivers and beyond. Having a solid knowledge of the whole management process is very important if you wish to run these updates internally.

What are the best ways to avoid having those risks with your IT service?

In the previous two paragraphs we explained briefly what it means to patch your system. The term patching also means “fixing”, which can tell you a lot about the importance of this process. Improving the security flaws or other bugs to do with your installed applications will certainly “fix” your system vulnerability. IT-Fabrik is a responsible third-party cloud provider that takes care of the whole process for our customers without the unnecessary hassle. Our many years of experience in the field have made us confident in implementing the best management patching practices. We don’t delay patching of your applications, exposing them to any risk. We also run the entire necessary test to see if we are deploying the best possible patch for your software on all of your endpoint systems.

What do cloud computing services do to ease your burden with patching updates?

There are a lot of steps within the whole process of patching management, which makes it a laborious procedure for IT departments overall. Scanning and detecting the missing patches to start with can be a time-consuming task, requiring the constant involvement and monitoring of the Windows systems by your IT staff. The next step forward is actually finding secure patches from trusted domains, while keeping an eye on potential threats and malware as you find the most suitable updates. Deploying the patches is the final step in this undertaking, requiring good timing and a proficient understanding for how these systems work, with regards to the whole operation of your company. The last thing you want is to cause any downtime to the operation of your business with your frequent patching management protocol. This explains a bit why having a third-party provider outsourcing this whole procedure could be a lifesaver.

On a final note…

As final words to you in this blog post, we would like to underemphasize the importance of patching as a whole. This is a multi-step process that takes a certain expertise and understanding of the intricacies of the correct deployment at the right time. Outsourcing this service could help companies overcome the hurdles of these demanding processes, giving them more space and time to improve and improve their core operations.