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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Guide to Enterprise Patch Management Technologies (Draft) (NIST Special Publication 800-40) (Draft) (Rev. 3) (Sept. 2012) (full-text).


This publication is designed to assist organizations in understanding the basics of enterprise patch management technologies. It explains the importance of patch management and examines the challenges inherent in performing patch management. It provides an overview of enterprise patch management technologies and it also briefly discusses metrics for measuring the technologies' effectiveness and for comparing the relative importance of patches.