Imagine that you are the IT Director of a large retail bank with
an active and highly visible Internet banking service. While
driving into the office, half-listening to the radio news, you hear
your bank's name being announced, immediately followed by the words
'hacker,' 'massive system failure' and 'identity theft.' As you
take the news in, you recall an earlier email concerning a patch
that needed to be applied to your web servers. Two thoughts pass
through your mind: 'Surely those patches were deployed properly'
and 'Should I bother driving to the office?'
"According to Gartner, patches are defined as 'a software fix
made or distributed in a quick and expedient way--typically, via a
separate piece of software that users can download and run to
modify an application already installed on their computers...'"