Shifting the burden

General Accounting Office auditors found that for reasons such as limited budgets federal agencies don't always make use of the growing number of tools and services that automate the process of managing security patches.

Among the tools now available are ones that:

Create an inventory of hardware and software, including all patches that have been installed.

Create logical groupings of systems — by department, machine type or other categories — for the purpose of managing patches.

Evaluate PCs against preset criteria such as required system configurations.

Test patches to discover whether they cause programs to crash or produce other unintended consequences.

Source: General Accounting Office

Featured

  • IT Modernization
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

    OMB's user guide to the MGT Act

    The Office of Management and Budget is working on a rules-of-the-road document to cover how agencies can seek and use funds under the MGT Act.

  • global network (Pushish Images/Shutterstock.com)

    As others see us -- a few surprises

    A recent dinner with civil servants from Asia delivered some interesting insights, Steve Kelman writes.

  • FCW Perspectives
    cloud (Singkham/Shutterstock.com)

    A smarter approach to cloud

    Advances in cloud technology are shifting the focus toward choosing the right tool for the job and crafting solutions that truly modernize systems.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.