UAB IT has implemented standardized patching for Windows computers to strengthen security measures and reduce the impact of lengthy updates. Patch management is a proactive security measure designed to prevent the exploitation of technology vulnerabilities that exist within UAB systems.

UAB leadership — including the President’s Cabinet and Faculty Senate — endorsed the standardized patching plan, which has been adopted by academic and business units across campus. UAB IT is now patching 99 percent of campus computers.

“Windows patching had previously been an inconsistent process dependent on the individualized processes of different academic and business units. Some units patched quickly, while in other units, computers and servers could be vulnerable to known attacks for months. UAB IT devised a solution to mitigate the risk by implementing Windows patches through a single patching platform during a weekend maintenance window.”

Vice President and Chief Information Officer Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D.

Standard Windows patching also benefits UAB faculty and staff by ensuring their computers are in compliance and performing at an optimum level. UAB IT’s weekend maintenance windows also reduce the number of reboots you will be required to make, causing fewer interruptions to your work.

Exceptions can be requested for those whose systems or research activities cannot be interrupted during maintenance windows Learn more about standardized patching.