nsecured endpoints can be a huge security threat to networks. 49% of IT professionals identify endpoints as the biggest risk to their infrastructure, above both insider threats and cloud security. In the past decade, the number of endpoints in any company infrastructure has increased dramatically, due to both the growing number of employee devices and a higher use of public and private cloud servers. As companies rapidly connect new laptops, smartphones, and servers to their network, their threat surface increases, meaning attackers have more potential ways of entering a network and accessing data or bringing down systems.

Any endpoint can be the source of an attack, and unpatched known vulnerabilities on those endpoints are the easiest way through which attackers can enter systems.

Known vulnerabilities make up the biggest threat to endpoints: It has been found that operating systems that are not up to date are nearly three times as likely to experience a data breach, and the more endpoints in your network, the more operating systems and applications that need to be regularly patched. Many networks include multiple operating systems, along with hundreds of browsers and other 3rd party applications which each have their own set of vulnerabilities.

When not patched, these vulnerabilities can be quickly exploited and lead to costly attacks. Unfortunately, many companies still use a manual process, and patching thousands of endpoints across an infrastructure this way is extremely time-consuming, often taking months before all patches are applied.

Automating your patch management process is the best way to effectively protect endpoints.

Within the automated patching space there are many options, some of which are almost as inefficient as manually applying patches. Vendor-provided systems such as WSUS and SCCM for Windows devices and servers often require complex configuration and ongoing system maintenance, and WSUS has well-documented problems.

Legacy patch automation solutions were built for on-premise servers, meaning cloud-native endpoints are not effectively patched by these tools. Many newer patching tools struggle to patch multiple operating systems and applications, and may force users into rigid automation rules that make it difficult to test patches and adhere to their own patch management workflow

The optimal solution for automating endpoint protection is a cloud-native, flexible patching solution like Automox, which works to quickly and seamlessly update all endpoints. Automox can patch Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, 3rd party software applications, and both cloud and hybrid server environments.

Automox utilizes a lightweight, cloud-native agent which can be installed on all endpoints in just a few minutes, ensuring that no device or server is left unpatched or untracked. The agent sets a persistent, encrypted session with our powerful central policy engine that automates the entire patching process, from providing visibility into what patches are needed to applying patches across all affected endpoints.

Because Automox allows for flexible patching automation, you can set rules to dictate which patches should be applied immediately, which patches need to be tested before deployment, and how many times employees can delay a patch installation. This means you retain control over your patching, while still benefiting from improved cyber hygiene and, a reduced time-to-patch, and a smaller attack surface.

Failure to effectively patch all endpoints can result in expensive data breaches and wreak havoc on company productivity. We help you prevent this by automating the patch management process for all devices and servers, and providing full visibility into endpoint status.

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.

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