Why Cyber Hygiene & IT Hygiene Should Be a Core Competency

Organizations are facing an ever-expanding breadth of devices, applications, and adversaries. Successfully defending your organization from cyber attacks is growing in complexity. Organizations must shift how they understand their organization’s IT and cyber hygiene. Keeping a clean and tidy cyber environment is crucial to finding the cracks.

IT Hygiene vs Cyber Hygiene


What is IT hygiene?

IT hygiene is focused on making sure that systems remain in service. Ensuring serviceability and business continuity. Proper IT hygiene relies on asset and software inventories and managing patch and configuration management to eliminate downtime.

Disciplined IT hygiene should be a core component of any business continuity plan, regardless of organization size.

What is Cyber Hygiene?

Cyber hygiene is focused on making sure that systems remain secure. Cyber hygiene takes IT hygiene and applies it to the security process. Cyber hygiene applies security processes like virus scanning, password updating, and configuration management to minimize device or user downtime due to breaches or attacks from malware or APTs.

IT Hygiene and Cyber Hygiene

Cyber Hygiene vs. IT Hygiene

Enterprises are scaling environments at ever-growing pace. Evolving, environments can be frustrating and troubling to manage. The first step to securing and maintaining infrastructure is understanding what you have and making sure you have full visibility into devices and software within the enterprise. Blind spots like shadow IT (rogue assets, software, or users) becomes a potential attack vector. IT hygiene fundamentals highlight this as crucial to reducing attack surface and keeping any vulnerable assets up to date and protected.

Cyber hygiene can provide visibility both in real-time and historically. Following a proper IT hygiene methodology to enterprise architecture gives you full visibility into your IT environment and helps address and eliminate potential blind spots. With a full understanding of your environment, your organization can identify hygiene-related security deficiencies and resolve them immediately. From there, security teams can quickly address the core requirements of a comprehensive endpoint security posture. A well planned cyber hygiene approach can help mitigate sophisticated attackers. Cyber hygiene and an automated and scalable endpoint hardening solution can improve your organization’s IT and cyber hygiene to make you a smaller target.

How Automox helps improve IT hygiene and cybersecurity readiness

The Automox Endpoint Hardening platform can help your organization improve and manage your IT and cyber hygiene. Traditional IT hygiene tools and techniques are often time intensive. Automox can fully automate the process across Windows, macOS and Linux devices to ensure principles like the CIS framework are not only an organizational goal, but an enforced, tracked and achieved goal.

The Automox platform enables both IT operations and security operations to quickly identify IT or cyber hygiene deficiencies and address them in real time. Automox allows both groups to operate simultaneously within the platform. Our solution empowers both organizations to proactively address patch and configuration management needs from our cloud-native console, reducing attack surface for adversaries to target.

Automox helps your organization:

  • Improve IT and cyber hygiene
  • Reduce attack surface
  • Automate patch and configuration compliance

Automox for Easy IT Operations

Automox is the cloud-native IT operations platform for modern organizations. It makes it easy to keep every endpoint automatically configured, patched, and secured – anywhere in the world. With the push of a button, IT admins can fix critical vulnerabilities faster, slash cost and complexity, and win back hours in their day. 

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