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The Microsoft Patch-Management Pickle

It is only a matter of time before another virus is on the scene — and, if recent history is any guide, it is going to be sooner rather than later. “There are certainly more worm flavors out there,” says Forrester Research analyst Michael Rasmussen. After the triple whammy of SoBig, Blaster and Nachi — topped off by Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) announcement that it has found yet another ‘critical’ flaw in MS Office that could affect some versions of Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word — companies are moving quickly to implement better patch-management procedures and other security measures. “The big issue that came out of the Blaster, et al, onslaught was that companies had to do much better with patch management,” Peter Firstbrook, Meta Group senior research analyst told NewsFactor. “A lot of companies were caught with their pants down.” As some companies have learned, to their chagrin, patches for Blaster and Nachi were available some four weeks before Blaster hit. Full Story

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