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Durgesh Shukla
Durgesh Shukla

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5 strategies for vulnerability patching for developers, cloud operators and security engineers

Vulnerability patching is often the least discussed part of the vulnerability management process, and these are 5️⃣ good strategies that teams can follow to improve patch management:

1️⃣ Prioritizing different vulnerabilities based on their potential impact and the likelihood of being exploited. This allows teams to focus their resources on addressing the most critical vulnerabilities first.

2️⃣ Implementing a "patch early, patch often" approach, where vulnerabilities are patched as soon as patches become available, rather than waiting for a specific time or date.

3️⃣ Conducting regular assessments of the network and systems to identify new vulnerabilities, and then implementing patches to address those vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.

4️⃣ Testing patches before deploying them to ensure that they do not cause any unforeseen problems or disruptions to the system.

5️⃣ Maintaining a detailed inventory of all installed software and systems and regularly checking for updates and patches to ensure that all vulnerabilities are addressed.

How else can teams improve and better protect their systems and networks from potential threats? Comment below. Definitely consider a tool like Sysdig's risk spotlight for prioritizing your container and cloud vulnerabilities and reducing your patching burden.

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