Patch your software

Patch your software

This is an essential security practice.

Devices and the software they run make it possible or easier to complete a wide range of tasks, such as writing or editing documents, managing or spending money, and playing music or movies. However, each piece of software represents a new way for hackers to exploit your device. If you don't keep your software up to date, you risk hackers exploiting security flaws in that software to steal your personal information and accounts or even take control of your device.


Faculty and staff are required to patch any computers either owned by the University or used to process University information as part of their job responsibilities. This requirement can be automated through the University's computer management service.

General guidelines

  • Routinely install software patches as they become available.
  • Configure your devices and software to automatically download and install updates as they become available.
  • Do not use outdated or unsupported software. If the vendor is not actively releasing security updates for a piece of software, uninstall and replace that software unless its use has been documented and approved as an exception.
  • Uninstall unnecessary applications from your devices.