Prioritizing security updates: Tips from Microsoft

Last week, Microsoft released a whopping 14 security updates to patch 34 new vulnerabilities, which ties the record for most ever in a monthly patch.

Of those flaws, Microsoft rated 14 as “critical,” the highest threat level the company assigns. In addition, 17 were labeled as “important” and three as “moderate.”

With so many updates being thrown at IT pros at once, experts have disagreed about which should be applied first, ComputerWorld reports.

Priorities will also vary based on what versions of Microsoft software are being run — some of the vulnerabilities only apply to XP and older software.

To help IT managers prioritize their patching schedules, Microsoft researchers have released a table outlining their take on which updates are most important. You can view it here.

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