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  • Step 3: Make sure patches are actually being applied

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but Brien Posey explains how this is one step that is easily overlooked. 

  • Patching resource kit

    From vulnerability scanning to patching flubs, here's a collection of other helpful resources to ensure your patching efforts are effective. 

  • Step 2: Review patches every day

    Your Windows patching efforts shouldn't be reserved for the second Tuesday of the month. Brien Posey explains why it must be a daily process. 

  • Step-by-Step Guide: Patch management must-do list

    Contributor Brien Posey warns not to rely solely on your patch management software in keeping Windows patched. Even the best tools will miss some security holes. In this step-by-step guide, he offers a must-do list to help you maintain Windows... 

  • Step 1: Understand what is being patched

    Brien Posey discusses what he thinks is probably the most important step in an effective patch management process. 

  • Microsoft security advisories draw mixed reviews

    With its May patch cycle, the software maker began sending out security alerts that don't come with patches. The value of such alerts is a matter of debate. Meanwhile, one researcher warns that June could be a busy month for Microsoft patches. 

  • Microsoft vs. third-party tools for patching

    If you're tasked with patching Windows and you need to choose a tool to get the job done, is a Microsoft product the best way to go? Jason Chan answers this question and more here. 

  • New flaw in Windows XP, server products

    Versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 contain a TCP/IP flaw attackers could use to cause a denial of service, according to a French security firm. 

  • Hardening Windows School: Beginner's checklist for managing patches

    Having trouble keeping up with the ever-growing number of security fixes, bug fixes, critical updates and patch revisions? Get help in this Hardening Windows School checklist. 

  • Virtually test your patches

    A tight IT budget or lack of physical space may make it difficult to dedicate a standalone Windows machine to patch testing. Here's an alternative testing method.