Microsoft's latest Security Bulletin describes three patches to close off critical security vulnerabilities in Windows and Word. Now that these vulnerabilities are in the public domain, it's open season for hackers to try to exploit them before everyone gets patched. The patching treadmill is a logistical nightmare for organizations running business-critical applications on numerous distributed technology platforms, creating risks to the deployment. It is critically important to strike a balance between delaying the patching (increasing the window of opportunity for the hackers) and patching too soon (before patches have been tested on all applicable platforms). More will appear on this topic in next month's NoticeBored Classic module.
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