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Data Security 101 – Automated Patching

Data Security 101

New threats to infrastructure security emerge every day, ranging from brute-force attacks to insider threats to hackers of varying sophistication. When successful, these threats can become extremely costly data breaches, or take down your website and systems, leading to lost revenue and decreased customer trust. With millions of dollars on the line, companies must ensure they have a set of security best practices in place, and this includes using automated patching to apply updates to all operating systems, browsers, and other 3rd party applications within their infrastructure.

Patching is one of the most important parts of network security, but many companies use manual patching processes or piece together a system vendor-provided tools and third party solutions that can result in just as much manual work and an ineffective patch management process. A manual approach is time-consuming and results in a long time-to-patch, meaning companies are open to attack for months before patches are applied. Vendor-provided tools and legacy patch management solutions can also require manual configuration, and some such as WSUS are notorious for incorrectly reporting on patch status or missing patches all together. Additionally, many of these tools are built for a single operating system, which is an unrealistic solution for today’s mixed-OS world.

Today’s networks have thousands of known vulnerabilities present across a high number of devices, including desktop computers, servers, and mobile devices across a variety of operating systems. And failing to patch in a timely manner leaves you susceptible to attack. In order to prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited, automated patching systems built for today’s modern networks must become a part of your security practice.

Automated patching removes the manual work associated with patch management by automatically identifying, downloading, and installing necessary patches across all affected devices. These tools allow for patches to be applied across more devices, more quickly, meaning companies can be assured that their infrastructure is always 100% patched. An impossible goal to reach when relying on manual or vendor-provided patching solutions.

Modern patching solutions like Automox go a step further by providing companies with full control over the patching process, so that IT departments can dictate when patches are applied, which patches need to be tested before deployment, and can easily view reports on patch status of all systems.

Automox is cloud-based, which means you can remotely patch any device using a lightweight agent that is quickly installed on the endpoint. With the number of remote employees growing and cloud server adoption increasing, you can reduce the risk that certain devices will not be served by your patching automation system. Automox provides several additional features, including full system visibility, 3rd party application patching, software deployment, and detailed reporting.

Automated patching is a necessity for infrastructure security. Modern networks have multiple operating systems, utilize hybrid environments, and support remote employees. To effectively manage all of these endpoints, you need a single source of truth. To try Automox for yourself, sign up for our free 15-day trial. You get full platform access, no endpoint limit and you don’t need a credit card.

Holly Hamann, CMO

Author Holly Hamann, CMO

Holly Hamann serves as Automox's Chief Marketing Officer and is an entrepreneur and start-up veteran. She has helped launch six tech companies in the social media, content, video, and marketing software industries and specializes in SaaS software marketing, content marketing, and influencer marketing. She is an American Marketing Association "Marketer of the Year" recipient and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

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