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Patch Management Policy

Version 1.1

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to enforce patch requirements to all University IT Resources.

Scope

This IT policy, and all policies referenced herein, shall apply to all members of the University community including faculty, students, administrative officials, staff, alumni, authorized guests, delegates, and independent contractors (the “User(s)” or “you”) who use, access, or otherwise employ, locally or remotely, the University’s IT Resources, whether individually controlled, shared, stand-alone, or networked.

Policy Statement

  • All IT Resources must be part of a patch management cycle.
  • IT Resources owners and managers are responsible for the assessment of IT Resources under their management or supervision.
  • All patches or configuration changes must be deployed to University owned or managed IT Resources when a vulnerability is determined per the Vulnerability Management Policy.

Definitions

IT Resources include computing, networking, communications, application, and telecommunications systems, infrastructure, hardware, software, data, databases, personnel, procedures, physical facilities, cloud-based vendors, Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors, and any related materials and services.

A patch is a software update comprised code inserted (i.e., patched) into the code of an executable program. Typically, a patch is installed into an existing software program. Patches are often temporary fixes between full releases of a software package. Patches include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Upgrading software
  • Fixing a software bug
  • Installing new drivers
  • Addressing new security vulnerabilities
  • Addressing software stability issues

Patch management cycle is a part of lifecycle management and is the process of using a strategy and plan of what patches should be applied to which systems at a specified time. Patch management occurs regularly as per the Patch Management Procedure.

Related Policies and Procedures

Implementation Information

Review Frequency: Annual
Responsible Person: Director, IT Risk and Data Integrity
Approved By: CISO
Approval Date: March 1, 2017

Revision History

Version: Date: Description:
1.0 01/23/2017 Initial policy
1.1 01/29/2019 Updated policy statement

Policy Disclaimer Statement

Deviations from policies, procedures, or guidelines published and approved by the University Information Security Office (UISO) may only be done cooperatively between the UISO and the requesting entity with sufficient time to allow for appropriate risk analysis, documentation, and possible presentation to authorized University representatives. Willful failure to adhere to UISO written policies may be met with University sanctions.