Remote Patching Best Practices

We’ve all seen the growth in cloud computing and portable devices, and how it signaled an end to the days of desktop computers and hardwired networks. The average employee now utilizes 2.3 devices to conduct business, and these remote devices present several security challenges for IT departments.

Fortunately, cloud native options are now providing the solutions we need to secure remote endpoints. And with a few simple best practices, getting your infrastructure patched and keeping it that way is an easy routine daily task.

Remember when laptops and other remote devices were first introduced into the workforce? They were typically only for the senior level people, so they made up a small percentage of total endpoints. While they were used when traveling, they were always in the office so they could be patched the same way desktops were.

As the number of remote devices in company infrastructures has grown over the past decade, security procedures to patch and manage these endpoints has lagged. Today, employees are always on, working from home or while traveling, and access the network as often out of the office as they do in the office.

In order to maintain data security across your entire network, there are a few best practices you can adopt that will simplify and expedite your ability to patch remote users.

Keep Track of Remote Devices and Patch Status
With the growth of Shadow IT and Bring-Your-Own-Device policies, many IT departments do not have full visibility into what applications and devices connect to their network. The first step to maintaining proper patch security for remote users is knowing what remote devices and applications exist in your network. Keeping track of this manually is extremely difficult, so it is recommend that you use a solution to automatically keep track of all devices, applications, and their patch status.

Automox is one solution that delivers this functionality. Through a lightweight cloud-native agent installed on endpoints, Automox provides real-time visibility into patch status across of every endpoint in your infrastructure.

Apply Patches Automatically
Today’s modern environments consist of several operating systems and numerous 3rd party applications Keeping up to date by patching manually is no longer an option. Manual patching too often leads to systems that are left unpatched for months or years, and remote employees who may connect to unsecured networks are especially risky.

To reach 100% patched status, companies need a cloud native automated patch management solution like Automox. Automated patch remediation is tailored to your organization. From set it and forget it simplicity to integrating into your existing patch workflow, automation saves you time, money, and resources.

Set a Patching Schedule
Effectively preventing exploits of known vulnerabilities requires patches be applied quickly and regularly. Exploits are developed as soon as a vulnerability is discovered. While zero-day attacks are harder to defend against, staying secure with disclosed CVE’s is critical.

While patching on-premise endpoints has historically been easier, the protocol for remote endpoints should be just as straightforward. With a cloud native solution, you can keep every endpoint current with known CVE’s. As long as the endpoint is connected to the internet, it can be patched.

You can automatically check for, test, and apply patches across all endpoints, whether they are remote or on-premise. And you can customize your schedule for patch deployment based on geography, department, or patch severity, all without the need for manual intervention.

Enforce Software Installations and Updates
A challenge with remote patching is ensuring that the updates are actually applied in a timely matter and that employees are not delaying or ignoring critical security patches. You need to able to enforce updates so remote devices remain secure.

Automox enforces patching, while also allowing end users some ability to reduce interruptions. Employees can delay patch installation for a set number of times before it is automatically applied. Additionally, Automox allows you to remotely install software on any endpoint to ensure that each device is up to date with the current version of required software.

About Automox

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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