Time to apply a patch
A renewed debate about patch management has highlighted a flaw in federal officials' views on information security.
The General Accounting Office raised the issue in a report released last week. According to GAO auditors, more than half of the 24 agencies surveyed said they lack the staff and money needed to keep up with the security flaws that have been discovered in commercial software.
Major software vendors often publicize flaws soon after they are discovered and create the necessary software patches, but it is up to customers to track the list of vulnerabilities and download, test and apply the patches.
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