The Internal Revenue Service has made progress in automating installation and monitoring in a large segment of its computers, but it hasn't yet implemented key patch management policies and procedures, according to a new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Properly installing software patches to address vulnerabilities is an important element in mitigating security risks, and requires strong policies to ensure patches are installed quickly to avoid giving attackers opportunities to exploit weaknesses in software, and to deny them potential access to sensitive data.

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