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Introducing Forrester's Prioritized Patching Process (P3)

Leverage Predictive Threat Modeling And Data Value For A Context-Based Approach To Patch Prioritization

November 11, 2013


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Criminals want access to your valuable assets, and one of their preferred methods is to exploit vulnerabilities lurking in your software and systems. Typically, these vulnerabilities have available patches that you haven't had time to apply. This is because security teams often discover more vulnerabilities than they can ever possibly hope to address, and the process of first testing and then applying patches is incredibly time-consuming in and of itself. The key is better prioritization — applying those patches that address the most serious vulnerabilities that cybercriminals are the most likely to exploit. Forrester has defined a new scalable process that we call the prioritized patch process (P3, for short). Our contextual approach to prioritization requires business value analysis married with detailed knowledge of the environment and predictive threat modeling. In this report, we outline the process and technology necessary for the adoption of P3.

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Table of Contents

  • Patch Management Is Indispensable To Endpoint Security
  • Patch With Context: Adopt Forrester's Prioritized Patching Process
  • Optimize Patch Remediation Time Frames Using The P3 Workflow
  • P3 Integrates With Popular IT Service Management Frameworks

  • P3 Can Elevate Patching From The Mundane To The Meaningful
  • Supplemental Material
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