The dynamics of digitalization are changing rapidly as mobile and cloud computing technologies continue growing in popularity. As computing environments become increasingly mobile, the endpoints of today’s enterprise networks fundamentally differ than those of just a few short years ago. And with employees increasingly turning to cloud-connected mobile devices to get their work done, endpoint patch management has become progressively complex.
Unfortunately, endpoints serve as a major entry point for bad actors as they offer the potential to access more significant targets such as network servers, databases and applications. Servers and employee devices are targeted more frequently than any other part of the IT infrastructure, and making matters worse, the Ponemon Institute discovered that seven out of 10 organizations report their endpoint security risk has increased significantly during the past 12 months.
A recent survey of IT professionals found that 49 percent ranked endpoints as their biggest security risk, ahead of insider threats and cloud risks. With cyber threats increasingly growing in size, sophistication and cost, patching remote endpoints is vital to securing your IT infrastructure.
With up to 69 percent of endpoints running on outdated operating systems, the potential for costly attacks that cause system outages and data breaches is significant and needs to be addressed. While hackers work away, rapidly developing new ways to take advantage of the most popular operating systems and applications, software development companies release thousands of patches every year to ameliorate known vulnerabilities.
To maximize endpoint security, you must apply patches within days, if not hours, of their release. Oftentimes, these patches are not deployed immediately and systems remain vulnerable and unpatched for weeks, months and sometimes even years. The only way to fully prevent exploitations of known vulnerabilities is to quickly patch all endpoints. Worse yet, users working from remote endpoints often connect to the company network over slow or unreliable connections, which makes patching difficult. A slow time-to-patch leaves networks at risk of a serious cyberattack.
Many companies still apply patches manually, which requires a significant amount of resources and is rather time consuming. In a world where endpoints are growing exponentially and threats are becoming more sophisticated, how can IT departments develop a rapid and more dependable method of patching remote endpoints without dedicating a significant amount of time to downloading, testing and applying patches?
Today, cloud-based options provide enterprises with the necessary solutions to secure remote endpoints, but with the number of remote devices in a company’s infrastructure continuing to increase, methods surrounding endpoint patch management have not advanced at the same pace. Cloud-based solutions can help standardize various offerings to customers and potentially remove human operators from the process.
Entirely too often, companies rely on outdated or expensive solutions to manage remote software deployments. These tools are not only costly, but they also require ongoing management and are not effective for managing multiple operating systems and third-party applications. One solution is to use a cloud-based, automated patching solution that seamlessly applies patches to endpoints with minimal manual supervision.
If you’re one of the many cybersecurity professionals struggling to keep up with endpoint patching, take a look at Automox. The cloud-based agent can be quickly installed on all endpoints to patch any system and any software, in any location. Automox is engineered to meticulously monitor for cyberthreats on the move, thereby keeping both data and endpoints secured.
Our flexible policy engine enables rule setting for patch automation, remote deployment of software and customization to meet your specific needs. This level of control not only allows you to determine which patches should be applied and when they should be applied, but it also allows you to enforce which software is on a device and which should be blacklisted.
With the modern computing environment growing more and more mobile, the number of remote endpoints is exploding as the remote and mobile workforce swells in size. When it comes to patching today’s hybrid infrastructure and remote endpoints, cloud-based patch management systems offer several advantages over on-premise or vendor-provided solutions. From patching hybrid infrastructures to patching remote devices, cloud-based systems not only require minimal maintenance and support, but they also offer a future-proof solution.
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