Microsoft has updated and released the second version of its Microsoft Security Update Guide for IT professionals and it is now available for download.
This guide is designed to help IT pros better understand and use Microsoft security release information, processes, communications, and tools. The goal is to help IT pros understand how Microsoft security updates are developed and tested; manage organizational risk; and develop a repeatable, effective deployment mechanism for testing and releasing security updates.
The aim of this Guide is to help you manage the process of deploying Microsoft security updates within your environment. Microsoft produces a lot of information and guidance about our security updates, and the Guide describes how to use these resources effectively to help make your organization’s IT environment secure.
In this guide, you will find a convenient glossary of terms, an overview of the Microsoft Security Bulletin process, and a stage-by-stage review of Microsoft Security Updates.
The guide is organized according to the following stages of the security update process:
- Stage 1: Receive Microsoft Security Release Communications
- Stage 2: Evaluate Risk
- Stage 3: Evaluate Mitigation
- Stage 4: Deploy Standard or Urgent Updates
- Stage 5: Monitor Systems
- Stage 6: Use Microsoft Resources to Track Security Developments.