"A quick congratulations to Microsoft as their flaw remediation program officially turns 10 this month," says Paul Henry, security and forensics analyst at Lumension. "October 2003 marked the first proactive patch issue from Microsoft, on a Wednesday to start. Patch Tuesdays started the following month and, over the last decade, has positively impacted IT's ability to make informed decisions."
Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, also reflects on the anniversary of Patch Tuesday in a blog post: "Our perspective has certainly evolved from 10 years ago when Patch Tuesday was started. Back then, vulnerabilities were clear cut and straightforward to understand, today the amount of complexity that goes into the detection and remediation process is truly impressive. At the same time, attackers have shifted to client side vulnerabilities, a change that we only partly assimilated; we are good in addressing the browser vulnerabilities, but generally lag behind in other areas that will be in focus this month such as Adobe Reader and Java."
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