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nown vulnerabilities comprise the biggest threat to cybersecurity today, and networks that are not up-to-date on vulnerability patching are three times as likely to experience a breach than those who have stayed vigilant about patching1. While network administrators are aware of the risks associated with a failure to patch, it’s often overlooked or left incomplete due to the difficulty of manually patching modern, cloud-native and mixed-OS environments. There is a need for a fast effective vulnerability patching solution.

Scanning for vulnerabilities, ensuring compatibility across systems, and tracking the patch status of thousands of systems and third-party applications requires resources that many small to medium size businesses simply don’t have. However, a recent string of malware, ransomware, and high-profile data breaches have brought vulnerability patching to the top of many executives’ minds. IT Managers responsible for securing their infrastructure are looking for ways to protect their network from vulnerabilities without shifting employees away from other tasks or spending on enterprise-level patching solutions.

Automated Patch Management solves this problem by removing the manual elements of patching, but these systems have not always had a high rate of adoption from IT Managers. Legacy patch automation systems are expensive, require additional maintenance of on-premise servers, and are difficult to configure for networks that include cloud servers and mixed operating systems. Some SysAdmins are also weary of giving control over patching to an automated system which cannot account for dependencies that may affect other systems in the network.

In the worst cases, legacy patching automation systems fail to be an effective mechanism for keeping up with all necessary patches across many operating systems, devices, and 3rd party applications. Because the perceived risk is greater than the reward, patching has remained a time-consuming and costly task even with an on-premise solution in place.

Fortunately, the next generation of patching automation has arrived. Automox is an example of a modern cloud-native patching solution. With the ability to communicate to endpoints anywhere in the world, cloud-native patching is more effective at keeping your infrastructure secure in real time.

Automox is also able to patch across mixed-OS environments, simplifying the process and reducing the time spent on patching by 90%. Speed of patching is critical for security. The sooner you can patching known vulnerabilities, the less time attackers have to exploit it. Failure to apply a patch quickly can result in a breach, as we saw this Summer with WannaCry.  And the cost to recover from a breach is higher than most companies estimate.

Patching effectiveness is also key, as just one vulnerable device can leave a network open to attack. Legacy patching automation solutions, free system-specific tools such as WSUS, and manual patching processes are prone to missing patches due to the difficulty of tracking patch status across all systems and software applications. As a cloud-native solution, Automox provides full visibility into patching and can alert IT Managers immediately if a deployed patch did not apply correctly. Because Automox integrates with Mac, Linux, Windows, and key 3rd party software applications, SysAdmins and IT Managers now have a single source of truth for patch management.

1 https://www.bitsighttech.com/research-insights

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