FedCIRC will help agencies with patches

FedCIRC will help agencies with patches

The Federal Computer Incident Response Center this fall will begin helping agencies keep software patches shipshape, FedCIRC liaison director Lawrence Hale says.

Patches'vendors' corrections of security flaws and other software bugs'are essential to security, but keeping them up-to-date is a time-consuming job that many agencies do not have the resources to do adequately.

The General Services Administration center will test patches and host them on a secure Web site. FedCIRC will offer three levels of service to registered agencies. The basic level will be notification about new patches for all software registered agencies use. The second level will forward relevant patches to an agency's server. The third level will remotely install patches on an agency's systems, for a fee.

'I don't expect many people to sign up for that, frankly,' Hale said of the third option.

Hale said FedCIRC will begin piloting the services later this summer and will roll them out by October.

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