Today employees work from home, coffee shops, hotels, and at 30,0000 feet. They also use several devices to conduct business. In addition to computers provided by their IT department, employees increasingly use their own computer as well as phones and tablets to access company networks.
Remote employees rarely connect to a centralized network or communicate with their company’s IT department, instead relying on cloud-based services that enable them to send emails, access company documents, and track project progress.
While this remote model presents several advantages for employers looking to save money and allow employees to engage in a flexible work schedule, it also poses challenges when it comes to security.
Remote employees should be concerned about the security of their individual devices and data, and companies must be aware of the risks associated with unsecure devices that have access to sensitive company information. A single employee falling victim to a phishing scam or connecting to an unsecured wireless network can result in a costly data breach.
Unfortunately, protecting against these risks has not always been simple or straightforward, as security software solutions have been unable to evolve as quickly as the technology that enables remote work.
Keeping up to date with patching is the first step you can take to improve remote user security.
Unfortunately, vendor-provided tools such as WSUS and SCCM don’t provide a viable option for patching remote users. These tools often rely on ineffective VPN-based solutions, which are frustrating to set up and use. Because of this employees often connect through a more convenient option, which means important patches could be missed.
Other patch management solutions are based on-premise, and sit behind a company’s firewall. These legacy tools work well for endpoints that are onsite, but do require additional work to configure and maintain, and still don’t handle remote users well.
It’s clear a better solution is needed. As an alternative to legacy on-premise tools, companies must now find patching solutions that can constantly maintain security for all users, regardless of location.
A cloud-based patch management solution improves security for remote users. Automox falls into this category of solution. Through the use of a lightweight agent, Automox is able to patch any endpoint that is connected to the internet.
Once installed, the agent sets a persistent encrypted session with Automox’s powerful policy engine, which regularly monitors systems and applications for new patches and reports back to you on the patch status of each endpoint.
With Automox, you have full visibility of and control over the patching of every endpoint. You also have the option of notifying end users of upcoming patch applications to minimize interruption on their work.
Automox natively patches Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, as well as 3rd party software from a single dashboard. You can deploy (or blacklist), patch, and monitor 3rd party applications through Automox.
Automox also provides configuration management to improve end user security. You can lock down USB ports, enforce password settings, and tailor patches to specific groups of devices. And with one-click reporting, you’ll have real time patch status at your fingertips.
To test Automox to improve the security of your remote users, sign up for our free 15-day trial. You get full platform access, no endpoint limit, and no credit card is required.