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Glossary definition: Patch Management

Patch Management: Keeping Software Up-to-Date

Patch management is the process of identifying, downloading, testing, and applying patches to software applications and operating systems. It is an essential part of IT security and maintenance, as patches are released to fix security vulnerabilities, improve performance, and address other issues. Patch management involves a cycle of activities, including identifying applicable patches, obtaining and testing the patches, approving or rejecting the patches, and deploying the approved patches. This process is important for keeping systems current, secure, and functioning properly.