How best to optimize your IT security patching? It can be useful to first break down patches between those that address functionality or incorrect code in an application/OS, and those which address security. The first requires an understanding of how the applications and operating systems work in concert and, therefore, what new code enhancements may be beneficial. Good communications with key vendors are crucial in this regard.
IT security patching usually requires a more aggressive stance, typically requiring you to deploy vulnerability-assessment scanning software. However, these tools only find vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. It’s the IT staff’s job to take on the crucial next steps of prioritizing and applying patches based on the vulnerabilities you uncover.