Security patches are software modules developed to address security vulnerabilities and problems with enterprise software including server operating systems and applications running on top. Patches address flaws and often enable additional functionality of the native software application.

Patching is an extremely important activity for maintaining server and application infrastructure, as known flaws can be exploited to gain unauthorized access to your network. Having an effective patch management software and patch management policy in place is the first line of defense for networks of any size. Patch management software also plays a part in adhering to the most recent compliance regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and HIPAA.

DataTree, a leading systems management service provider, has deep expertise in the area of patch management using Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and other 3rd party software tools. Our approach to centralized, policy-driven patch management, ensures network bandwidth optimization, and policy enforcement across the enterprise network. As a best practice, DataTree suggests installation of patches on a test-server environment to ensure that existing application functionality remains unaffected with release of new patches, before they are rolled out to the production servers.