How Can I Save Time Patching?

Patching the workstations, servers, 3rd party applications, and other endpoints in your infrastructure is a necessary but time-consuming task. Many IT professionals admit to feeling overwhelmed and unable to keep up with regular patching, and this contributes to the large number of systems which go unpatched for weeks or months following an update. It has been found that companies take an average of 100-120 days to apply patches, and there is a 90% chance that a vulnerability is exploited just 60 days after discovery, leaving a window of time when many companies are vulnerable to attacks.

Despite the risk associated of remaining unpatched, patching is often pushed down a list of priorities for IT Departments. And once neglected for several weeks it becomes an even more burdensome task. All too often this is due to the fact that companies are using a manual patching process. This time-consuming process requires regularly performing vulnerability scans, downloading patches, and applying them to all affected devices. And with the growing number of new devices and operating systems that connect to the corporate network, patching fatigue is getting worse.

To avoid a fully manual process, many companies employ vendor-provided systems such as WSUS or SCCM. These systems can create a semi-automated patching process for one specific OS, but do not work for other operating systems and are difficult to configure for 3rd party application patching. While time-to-patch may be slightly improved utilizing these systems,  extensive troubleshooting is regularly required, and SysAdmins are still left to manually patch other devices.

On-premise patch automation systems also aim to reduce the need for manual patching. These enterprise-level solutions appear to automate patching, however they require ongoing server maintenance and configuration. On-premise solutions don’t natively patch hybrid environments and struggle with patching remote devices, meaning many hours are spent developing workarounds and troubleshooting the solution. Vendor-provided and on-premise solutions are no longer an effective way to patch all devices and systems, and the time savings they bring to patching is lost when companies need to utilize complex configurations and multiple tools to become fully patched.

Cloud Native Patching

In order to reach 100% patched status in a time effective manner, you need a single patching solution that patches your workstations and servers, handles Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, and can patch and deploy 3rd party software with minimal configuration or supervision.

Automox’s cloud-native automated patch management solution handles all of these tasks, allowing you to manage your entire infrastructure from a single dashboard. Automox recognized the challenges of patching hybrid or mixed-OS networks, keeping remote endpoints compliant, and maintaining real time patch reporting so you have a single source of truth for patching.

Automox’s cloud-native agent can be installed on both remote and on-premise devices in just minutes, and immediately takes inventory of all systems and applications and their potential vulnerabilities. Once installed, the system can apply critical patches in a fully automated manner, or can be easily integrated into your existing patch testing and deployment workflow. Patches can be grouped by severity level, and you can set rules that dictate which programs are immediately patched and which require approval. All of this work is performed from one central system, which also keeps records of patch status across your entire infrastructure so vulnerabilities can easily be viewed.

About Automox

Facing growing threats and a rapidly expanding attack surface, understaffed and alert-fatigued organizations need more efficient ways to eliminate their exposure to vulnerabilities. Automox is a modern cyber hygiene platform that closes the aperture of attack by more than 80% with just half the effort of traditional solutions.

Cloud-native and globally available, Automox enforces OS & third-party patch management, security configurations, and custom scripting across Windows, Mac, and Linux from a single intuitive console. IT and SecOps can quickly gain control and share visibility of on-prem, remote and virtual endpoints without the need to deploy costly infrastructure.

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