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Microsoft Retires Security Bulletins–Does That Mean More Time for Patch Management?

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Last November, Microsoft announced that the Security Bulletins on Patch Tuesday would be discontinued and information about software vulnerabilities found in MS products would be  accessible only on the Security Update Guides portal (SUG). The company followed through on its promise with the April 2017 edition of Patch Tuesday, and the impact of the change has been frustration for some admins.

While the portal is searchable by CVE, KB article, product or release date, the change in process has impacted the daily routines of SCCM Patch Management Admins and IT security professionals.

Security Bulletins have been around for years, and the predictable and consistent delivery of these bulletins was what many organizations built their processes around. Microsoft’s format changes are inconvenient for some patch management professionals, who are already overburdened.

Microsoft says that SUG has functionality that users have been asking for and that the portal allows users to customize it for their unique needs. While the portal has advanced capabilities, the change has generated concern about the impact on customers’ existing patch management activities. Companies will have to modify the way they research vulnerabilities, as well as their enterprise patch management processes.

If you relied on Microsoft Security Bulletins and now need to find a new and easier solution, Flexera Secunia Research provides aggregated information on all CVE’s affecting specific products in a particular Patch Tuesday release and documents all vulnerabilities closed by a particular patch. Secunia Research is renowned for its accuracy, and provides verified intelligence for thousands of software products beyond just Microsoft.

Flexera customers will continue to rely on Secunia Advisories for information and details contained in Patch Tuesday releases. These Advisories are directly connected with customers’ asset lists or assessment results, and support existing processes. If you would like to know more about the value Secunia Research provides, try the Free Trial: Vulnerability Intelligence Manager for verified vulnerability intelligence Covering All Systems.

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 5.44.41 AMTimothy Davis is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Flexera Software, and has worked in global marketing at high-tech firms such as BMC Software, VeriSign, McAfee, and Lotus. With over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, he has gained a deep understanding of the business challenges faced by IT organizations in enterprises of all sizes. Specializing in IT Service Management and Operations, Tim develops content that translates product features into real business benefits that help IT leaders learn about new and developing technologies that drive IT efficiency and improve customer satisfaction.

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