Seb dropped me a note today to ask to remind our readers that we are on countdown to a bumper crop of patches being released by Microsoft on Tuesday.
On Microsofts Advanced Notification website they are reporting 14 bulletins, with 8 criticals and 6 importants. Given that all the criticals are all remote code executing in classification it's time to dust off your monthly patching process and get it all ship shape ready for the fun to start.
Given we have a few days between Seb's timely reminder, and when we need to push the patch button, how good do you think your patching processes are. How to you measure their effectiveness, how to you measure their maturity?
Maybe you consider scoring them against a scale such as COBIT? There is a nice table which explains the ratings within COBIT (taken from SEI Capability Maturity Model (CMM)) on the ISACA site which i've taken and reproduced below:
Level 0: Non-existent
Level 1: Initial/ad hoc
Level 2: Repeatable but Intuitive
Level 3: Defined Process
Level 4: Managed and Measurable
Level 5: Optimized
Given the frequency which suppliers, including Microsoft, release such patches, where would you score yourself?
If you score somewhere between 3, and 4 in that you have a process, but you dont measure your success, what would you do to get you up towards a 4, or maybe even a 5.
Let me know before you get busy patching those systems, and i'll update with the best suggestions.
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