How Extensible Technology in IT Operations Increases Your Ability to Keep Your Endpoints Secure

In the ever-changing world of IT, choosing products that are extensible is essential for ensuring you don't end up with thousands of countless different tools. Selecting software that has the potential to grow with your organization and that can be tailored to your needs serves many purposes. Extensible technology, by design, allows your organization to have greater control and capability of IT services across all your endpoints. The opportunity to extend the features of your IT services tools helps you meet the needs of today, and tomorrow.

Because extensible architecture allows you to do more with a single tool, your processes can become more streamlined. Your ability to create custom policies and automate IT tasks across all corporate devices can significantly reduce your time updating or servicing endpoints – ultimately, giving you greater control and agility in managing your endpoint security. Imagine using the same software to deploy patches, configure endpoints and create reports – instead of having to use multiple solutions.

Securing endpoints with extensible technology

Survey data suggests that nearly 50 percent of IT professionals rank endpoints as the biggest risk for their organization's security. Servers and employee devices are targeted by attackers more than any other infrastructure component, and known vulnerabilities are one of the greatest threats to these endpoints. And dark endpoints in general are a threat to the entire network.

In many cases, patches or policies that you think have been deployed across your entire network may fail to reach across all endpoints. Up to 69 percent of endpoints may be running an outdated operating system – and that's just the tip of the iceberg. For many industries, the remote workforce is growing and dark endpoints can be a real problem for organizations of all sizes. But tools with extensible architecture can help in a variety of ways.

Automox is one such tool: This cyber hygiene platform with automated patch management can be used for better endpoint visibility – while also allowing organizations to deploy custom worklets to any and all devices on your network. Automox consumes and automates worklets, powered by PowerShell and Bash scripting, and continuously enforces them across any managed devices. These reusable units of work can be shared with peers and applied across Windows, Linux, and OSX devices. For example, when deploying emergency patches, a custom worklet can be used to decrease the amount of time it takes to ensure legacy machines are running at a lower risk to exploit. In the event of a machine that is unpatchable, you can also use a worklet to disable remote desktop services and protect the impacted system from a potential threat like Blue Keep. Custom scripts can be used for general endpoint hardening, as well.

With extensible technology, the sky is the limit: If you can script it, you can automate it. Scheduled execution options can also allow you to run certain policies at chosen intervals, whether that be monthly or daily – and you can also choose to execute policies manually. Once you write your custom worklet, you can test it, validate it, and then schedule it to run when you want. In addition to evaluating and enforcing virtually anything you can script, Automox's extensible architecture also gives users the ability to upload files for use on targeted devices.

Do more with your software

Extensible architecture gives organizations the opportunity to do more with their software, and automated extensible solutions can eliminate the need for messy patching configurations and extra tools.

Many tools are incomplete, allowing you to only look at what's on-premise while leaving cloud-based endpoints in the dark. But being able to see, manage and remediate remote endpoints from a central location isn't just convenient – it's a necessity. Cloud-native platforms offer users the ability to see what's happening on their entire network in real-time. You can see what's been patched or updated, and take action to correct any issues, and automate tasks across your endpoints, all from the same platform.

Reducing the number of tools needed can help security professionals streamline their processes and increase efficiency. One of the biggest drawbacks to using multiple tools is poor integration: Too many tools with poor compatibility can cause a lot of issues for any organization. Combined with the growing shortage of skilled IT professionals, the need for tools that can do more is becoming very apparent. While the IT skills shortage isn't going anywhere, tools with extensible architecture can help organizations close the gap.

Extensible architecture gives IT professionals the ability to tailor software to fit their needs. With an extensible platform, users can create custom worklets which allow them to automate tasks, deploy necessary security measures to targeted devices and more, while also increasing endpoint visibility across the entire network. With extensible technology, there is more to do and less to worry about.

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.

Experience modern, cloud-native patch management today with a 15-day free trial of Automox and start recapturing more than half the time you're currently spending on managing your attack surface. Automox dramatically reduces corporate risk while raising operational efficiency to deliver best-in-class security outcomes, faster and with fewer resources.