The Quick Fix

The Quick Fix SCENARIO: Joe, your network administrator, is overworked and underpaid. His bags are packed and ready for a family vacation to Disney World when he is tasked with deploying a critical patch. In order to make his flight, Joe quickly builds an installation file for the patch and deploys it before leaving for his trip. Next, Sue, the on-call service desk technician, begins receiving calls that nobody can log in. It turns out that no testing was done for the recently-installed critical patch. What is your response? Discussion questions • What is Sue’s response in this scenario? o Does your on-call technician have the expertise to handle this incident? If not, are there defined escalation processes? • Does your organization have a formal change control policy? o Are your employees trained on proper change control? o Does your organization have disciplinary procedures in place for when an employee fails to follow established policies? • Does your organization have the ability to “rollback” patches in the event of unanticipated negative impacts?

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