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Patching Windows, Linux, & Mac Together, A Poetic Solution

By October 20, 2016 No Comments

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Inevitable, change is

Keep up with patching

Here’s an impressive fact for you to ponder: since Linux kernel version 3.10, “…the development community has been merging patches at an average rate of 7.71 patches per hour.” That’s a staggering amount of change, and a testament to the effectiveness of the free and open source software movement. Keeping up with all these patches over multiple servers, virtual machines, containers, and other endpoints is difficult, if not impossible. And this is just the Linux Kernel! We haven’t even considered the rest of the software, drivers, and libraries that also need to be kept up to date to keep the endpoint working like a well-oiled machine.

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Hackers seek to infiltrate

Time is critical

We’ve all heard about patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month when Microsoft releases a trove of patches for Windows and other popular pieces of Microsoft software. But are you aware of exploit Wednesday, which occurs a mere 24 hours later? In that short amount time, developers (and hackers) analyze the new patches that are released on Tuesday and learn how to exploit previously unknown Windows vulnerabilities. For any unpatched computers, these exploits are the equivalent of leaving the front door of your house wide open with a blinking neon sign above it that says “Welcome, come on in!”

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Automox cloud patches all

Endpoint problems solved

Why choose an endpoint management solution that can only manage one operating system when you can get one that does all three. The Automox cloud endpoint management platform natively works with Mac, Windows, and Linux and our Dynamic Policy Engine makes it all possible:

 

  • Patch Policies integrate directly with the OS vendor-supplied package and update managers. Our agent uses these tools to identify available patches for each endpoint and apply selected policies per the patch schedule.
  • Deploy software to your endpoints with Required Software Policies. This policy is installer-aware, and automatically analyses popular installer binaries to determine software identifiers and installation commands.
  • Ultimate flexibility is provided by Custom Policies. Use one of our prepackaged scripts to install common applications such as Google Chrome or enforce settings such as password lengths and screensaver timeouts. Distributing applications or settings specific to your organization? The DPE Custom Policy evaluation and remediation scripts allow you to adapt Automox to your organization.

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Your endpoints are everywhere

From Maui to Mars

As Thomas Friedman states, in his bestselling book, “The World is Flat,” not only is today’s organization a mix of these three operating systems, but with mergers and acquisitions, remote branch offices, growing mobile workforces, and millenials that prefer working on their own terms, it’s important to choose a endpoint management product that works across geographies. Because today you may have to manage endpoints on Maui, and by the looks of where things are headed, in the near future, you might be managing them on Mars. Are you ready for this? Automox is!

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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