Regular patch management is a critical activity improve data security and avoid fast-spreading malware, but 80% of IT managers have expressed a lack of confidence in their company’s ability to maintain compliance and stay up-to-date with patching. Many companies still rely on manual patch management processes, and over half of IT professionals admit to being overwhelmed by patching. With the increasing number of attacks, and difficulty managing and tracking patches across multiple operating systems, it’s no surprise that patch confidence is low.
In order to be sure your infrastructure is fully patched, you must first have network visibility. This includes all of your servers and workstations, regardless of operating system. Can you see all of your Windows and Mac devices? How about all of your servers, both Windows and Linux distros? Can you see all of them in a single dashboard? If a system needs a critical update, can you see it and take action in real-time? Or be alerted if a patch fails? Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is typically no if you’re using a manual patching process or a vendor-provided solution.
A second factor that contributes to low patching confidence is the time it takes for updates to be successfully applied. This is due to the difficulty of patching manually or the limitations of existing on premise patching solutions. One study found that 40% of Apple devices had not been updated to Sierra two months after its release, and nearly 70% of Microsoft systems were running Windows 7 or older, unsupported versions after Windows 10 had been released. The effects of not patching in a timely fashion were brought to light with the spread of malware WannaCry. The vulnerability had a patch released two months prior to the attack.
As regulations become stricter and data breaches more costly, IT departments must have the knowledge that their infrastructure is consistently patched and up to date. This level of confidence is not achievable with manual patch management. To gain full confidence in patching, manual patching and antiquated on premise solutions must be replaced by cloud based patch automation. These solutions detect and apply updates in real time, provide alerts and reporting, and work across the multiple operating systems and applications in modern networks. Automated patch management systems can also provide the full infrastructure visibility that is necessary for compliance reporting and protection from zero-day attacks.
Automox’s cloud based solution was designed to increase patch confidence by providing full visibility into your infrastructure, including Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems as well as 3rd party software applications. Automox also shows real time patch status for every endpoint and enables reporting on current patch status with the click of a button. Additionally, software can be blacklisted, protecting networks from unauthorized Shadow IT applications and alerts notify you if a patch failed to install on certain devices. Because updates are grouped by severity, admins can quickly see if any critical security patches are outstanding and resolve them.
With threats growing in severity each year, companies must have full confidence in their patch management process. Automox ensures that patches are applied quickly across all affected devices. To learn more about patching with Automox as your system of record, visit our website. Or try us out on your own with our 15 day free trial. No endpoint limit, no credit card to sign up, and full platform capabilities.