Evaluating patch management software: 6 key considerations

What is patch management software?

Patch management software helps IT departments acquire, test and install code changes for the software running in the enterprise. It can also assess vulnerabilities within the software, prioritize patches and produce reports on patching activities and status.

“It will help you with all the change management issues that exist with patch management,” says Terrence Cosgrove, an analyst in Gartner’s IT Service Automation research group. “It will help you stick to maintenance windows, and it will do things that will make this as unobtrusive as possible. Then it will report to you how successful you’ve been and how compliant you are. At a high level, that’s what the tools do.”

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