Microsoft To Issue Early Warnings For Patch Tuesday - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications

Microsoft To Issue Early Warnings For Patch Tuesday

The software maker will provide a summary of planned security bulletins three days in advance.

For about a year, Microsoft has been issuing advanced alerts to select customers and patch-management service companies about upcoming patches.

Thursday, the software maker issued a statement saying that everyone will have access to advance information about pending security updates. In its statement, Microsoft said the new policy is in "response to customer feedback."

Starting this month, Microsoft's TechNet Security Web site will provide a summary of the planned security bulletin releases three business days before so-called Patch Tuesday, which falls on the second Tuesday of each month.

According to Microsoft, the advance notifications will include how many security bulletins may be released, how severe the security problems being fixed are, and a list of the affected products. The information provided in the notification will be general and won't disclose vulnerability details or other information that could put customers at risk.

Microsoft says it will launch an advance bulletin notification E-mail list in December.

The early-warning Web site is available here.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
IT Careers: Top 10 US Cities for Tech Jobs
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  1/14/2020
Commentary
Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2020
James Kobielus, Research Director, Futurum,  1/9/2020
News
What's Next: AI and Data Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/30/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll