The Microsoft Security Update Guide
This Guide was designed to help IT professionals better understand and use Microsoft security release information, processes, communications, and tools. The goal is to help IT professionals manage organizational risk and develop a repeatable, effective deployment mechanism for security updates. In this Guide, you will find a glossary of terms, an overview of the Microsoft Security Bulletin process, and a stage-by-stage review of Microsoft Security Updates. The Guide is organized according to the following stages of the security update process:
Stage 1: Receive Microsoft Security Release Communications
Stage 2: Evaluate Risk
Stage 3: Evaluate Mitigation
Stage 4: Standard or Urgent Update Deployment Timeline
Stage 5: Monitor Systems
Ongoing Stage: Watch
Each section outlines the purpose and objective for that stage, as well as the expected target outcomes upon that stage’s completion.
The supported operating systems include Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows XP. The download file is available either as a PDF or an XPS. Click here to download the guide.