What is automated patch management?
Automating your patch management means that all OS and third party applications (e.g. Adobe, Chrome, and Slack) will be automatically updated and protected against known vulnerabilities. The process involves automating how devices are scanned, inventoried, and updated. The system should identify all applications and missing patches to then download the latest patch updates released by the application vendors.
Automating third party patching and management is especially important, as third party applications are responsible for over 75% of all endpoint vulnerabilities. Effective third party patching strategies give IT departments full visibility into all the software installed across their networks – including authorized and unauthorized applications – to allow for continuously patched, up-to-date endpoints.