Data security is paramount to your company, and every employee must be aware of the importance of protecting the data stored in the emails, files, and programs they have access to. Unfortunately, individual employees often do not adhere to security best practices, and as a results may put sensitive data at risk. Managing the actions of all employees in your company can be a challenge, especially when you have a large number of remote employees who conduct business from several devices and rarely come into a central office. These employees often fail to install required patches for known vulnerabilities, connect to unsecured wifi networks, and use software that you’re unaware of.
Without the ability to regularly monitor the actions of employees and the security status of all their devices and related applications, your network can quickly become compromised. Unpatched systems are particularly dangerous, as cyber criminals quickly develop exploits based on known vulnerabilities which target systems that have not been patched.
Training employees on how to identify potential phishing attacks and overall system security is critical. But to fully prevent attacks, you need visibility into and control over patching, software deployments, and configuration settings of employee’s devices, even if they are remote.
Patching automation systems that allow IT departments to apply updates to operating systems and software have been around for many years, but legacy versions of these tools require on-premises connections to deploy updates. Free tools such as WSUS don’t provide a simple way for remote devices to be updated, increasing the likelihood that patches are missed.
In addition, many of these solutions only work for Windows operating systems, leaving Mac and Linux users to apply patches manually. And 3rd-party applications, which are easier than ever for individual employees to download and install themselves, are not effectively managed with older patching solutions.
To improve data security and reduce the risks associated with employee negligence or error, companies should consider modern cloud-native patching automation solutions. As one of these solutions, Automox provides complete infrastructure visibility and enforces patching updates regardless of endpoint location. Automox utilizes a lightweight cloud-native agent which can be installed on all endpoints in minutes. The agent sets an encrypted, persistent session with Automox’s powerful policy engine allowing you to patch Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux from a single dashboard.
In addition, you control the automation of each patch policy. You can ‘set it and forget it’ for updates you want to run automatically. For patches that require testing, you can integrate Automox into your existing workflow. Additionally, you can natively patch a growing list of 3rd party software applications along with your operating systems, creating a true patching system of record.
With the ability to enforce security best practices remotely, you improve your cyber hygiene, decrease your attack surface, and reduce your reliance on employees to maintain data security best practices.
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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