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A Patching Solution For Every Endpoint

By April 26, 2018 No Comments
Patching Solution For Every Endpoint

All SysAdmins know that patching is a critical part of minimizing their attack surface and securing their infrastructure. But over the past decade patching has become so complex and time-consuming that many companies fail to prioritize it. Patch fatigue is a common occurrence, and over half of IT professionals admit to feeling overwhelmed by the volume of patches they are faced with. This contributes to a long time-to-patch and a high number of data breaches that could have been prevented. What is needed is a patching solution for every endpoint.

Patching Difficulty

Despite a rise in high-profile attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities, patching quickly and effectively is still a challenge for many companies. In fact, of companies who failed a security audit, 81% could have been prevented by patching or updating configurations.

A large part of the problem is that patching innovation has not kept up with the shift in how modern infrastructures are built and the way in which companies now operate. When patch management solutions first came around, they were intended to automate the patching process for server networks that were on-premise and employees who connected to an office network each day. Additionally most endpoints ran on the same operating system (usually Windows). While legacy patching systems did accomplish these goals, they haven’t adapted as network infrastructure has evolved.

Modern networks are often hybrid environments, which use both cloud and on-premise servers to store data. They also include thousands of employee devices that connect remotely. T large number of devices has led to an increase in the number of operating systems present in any one network. Legacy patching solutions were not built to patch multi-OS, hybrid environments or remote employees. Thus, IT departments are forced to piece together a patching system that consists of multiple tools. These may include free vendor-provided solutions such as WSUS and third party patching tools that are limited in scope. Some IT Managers may use a configuration management tool such as Chef or Puppet to centralize the patching process, but these tools require complex scripting and are not purpose-built for patching.

Instead of cobbling together several tools to automate patching, you need a patching solution for every endpoint that centralizes the patching process and is able to adapt as networks change. Automox is built for the needs of today’s companies.

Patching Solution For Every Endpoint

Automox manages patching for both cloud and on-premise servers, including Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, as well as multiple 3rd party applications. Automox achieves this through a lightweight cloud-based agent that’s quickly installed on all endpoints, and a powerful policy engine that manages patching automation while allowing IT Managers to retain control over how patches are deployed.

Because Automox is cloud-based, it constantly updates itself to patch new 3rd party applications, meaning Automox is a truly future-proof patching solution for every endpoint. Automox also includes several other features which assist in the management of patching and software deployment, such as the ability to remotely deploy software, blacklist software across devices, and detailed reporting on current patch status across your entire infrastructure. You can reduce the number of tools required to manage your infrastructure, while patches are deployed more quickly and effectively.

Patching is a critical part of any company’s security routine. Without a patching solution for every endpoint, patches are too often missed or take months to be applied, increasing your risk of a costly data breach. Automox centralizes patching through one powerful solution that is constantly adapting as networks and patching needs change. To try Automox for yourself, sign up for our free 15-day trial today and get full platform access, visibility into all endpoints, and the ability to easily automate your patching process.

 

Holly Hamann

Author Holly Hamann

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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