ICTip #15: Upgrades and Refresh Cycles
Tips on firewall software upgrades and refresh cycles:
- How often does your company go through hardware and software refreshes?
- Be sure to confirm with the vendor what its patch program is, when it goes through major software refreshes and how often a forklift (new hardware) upgrade is required.
- Security issues can arise from slow patch cycles, and industry-laggard issues can result from slow software refreshes.
- On the other hand, rapid software or hardware refreshes can raise TCO significantly, so the right balance needs to be struck.
— Ronald Penagunda, Solutions Architect
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