Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Software Updates

When is it time to upgrade your computer your software? Software tends to drive changes in hardware. You'll know it is time to upgrade your software when:
  • Your current software can't handle your transaction volumes or isn't flexible to meet your needs
  • You need to share or collaborate with others that have newer software
  • You are concerned about new and emerging security threats
Data protection software should always be kept up-to-date. This includes:
  • Backup software
  • Anti-virus software
  • Anti-spware software
Some vendors bundle software into protection suites. For example, Symantec's Endpoint Protection software includes both virus and spyware protection. Keeping software updated (patch management) should be a formal methodology that includes a review and testing process before the changes are moved into your production environment.

Assessments identify risk areas and help allocate your funds to the most important areas. This way you get the biggest bang for the buck.

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