The Art of Patch Management

The Art of Patch Management

Malware exists to exploit vulnerabilities discovered in software. Patches exist to fix those vulnerabilities. So why do so many vulnerabilities remain unpatched? Why is patch management so complicated?


Sadly, security and IT professionals don’t live in a patch-everything-right-away fantasy land. Trade-offs and compromises are dictated by the conflicting priorities and interests within large organizations.


And people are people. Humans have cognitive biases that cause them to behave irrationally. The most dangerous of these biases is called hyperbolic discounting. People tend to ..