While Windows operating systems have fallen in market share in the past few years, Windows still accounts for over 80% of desktop operating systems. Many enterprise organizations are built completely around Windows, and even newer and smaller companies are likely to use Windows for a majority of their laptops and desktops due to the affordability and ease-of-use of Windows compared to Mac or Linux. Given these facts, it’s no surprise that Windows is frequently targeted by hackers looking to gain access to company networks, steal data, and wreak havoc on businesses.
Hackers also target Windows systems is due to the large number of known vulnerabilities present in Windows systems and the infrequency with which many organizations update their Windows instances. Windows 10 contains over 50 million lines of code, and with estimates suggesting that there are up to 8 exploitable vulnerabilities per 100,000 lines of code, it’s easy to see why Windows needs to release so many patches.
Unfortunately, despite Windows releasing patches on a regular monthly schedule, many companies do not quickly install necessary updates. This is further complicated by the fact that nearly 50% of Windows users are still running Windows 7, instead of the more recent Windows 10, adding versioning issues to patch deployment. Alarmingly, about 20% of Windows systems still run Windows XP or Vista, which are no longer supported by Microsoft on a constant risk to data security.
With the number of cyber attacks increasing every year, companies cannot afford to let Windows systems remain unpatched. However, patching solutions for Windows are not as simple as they should be given the prevalence of Windows operating systems.
Vendor-provided patching options include WSUS, which is limited in scope, difficult to configure, and notorious for update issues, to SCCM, an enterprise-level solution which is extremely costly to acquire and maintain. There are also numerous 3rd party solutions that are built to patch Windows, however many of these require complex scripting and need to be on-premise. This means you need an additional solution or a manual process to patch remote workers and their devices as well as cloud hosted infrastructure.
Modern companies need a better solution for patching Windows, one that does not require hours of configuration and years of training. Automox is a cloud-based patching automation solution that identifies, downloads, and applies patches for all Windows systems through a single dashboard.
Automox uses a lightweight, cloud-based agent that can be installed on all endpoints in just minutes. Once deployed, it sets an encrypted, persistent connection and provides you with complete visibility of every endpoint in your infrastructure. You see the hardware and software for each endpoint as well as the current patch status. Existing patches can be applied immediately, and new patches can be applied within hours of their release according to flexible rules that you set.
In addition to patching Windows, Automox also patches Mac OS X and Linux operating systems as well as popular 3rd party applications, including browsers and software such as Java and Adobe. Because the solution is cloud-based, Automox can regularly add new natively patched applications, meaning even if your company moves away from Windows or adds new software applications, you will never need another patching solution.
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