Security Controls & Resilience

ASD Essential Eight: Patching and Vulnerability Management – How to get it right

The Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents was published back in February 2017  – The ASD Essential Eight.  Two of those eight strategies relate to (i) application patching to prevent malware running and; (ii) operating system patching to reduce the damage an incident can cause and help recover data. Both patching strategies fall into the larger field of vulnerability management, although there is some misunderstanding between the meaning of vulnerability management and vulnerability assessment. It’s important to know the difference to ensure any patch deficit is managed as effectively as possible.

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