Interesting article by Russell Olsen on Windows Change Management on a Budget
He says: “An effective Windows change management process can be the difference between life and death in any organization. Windows managers who understand that are worth their weight in gold…knowing what changed and when it changed makes a big difference especially when something goes wrong. If this is so clear, why do so many of us struggle to implement or maintain an adequate change control process?”
Olsen correctly diagnoses the problem as one of discipline and commitment. Like exercising regularly, its hard….but there is overwhelming evidence of the benefits.
The EventTracker SIM Edition makes it a little easier by automatically taking system (file and registry) snapshots of Windows machines at periodic intervals for comparison either over time or against a golden baseline.
Given the gap between outbreak and vaccine for malware and attacks, as well as the potential for innocuous human error when dealing with complex machinery, the audit function makes it all worthwhile. The CSI 2007 survey shows the annual loss from such incidents to be $350,000.
Avoiding such losses (and regular exercise) will make you worth your weight in gold.