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n the good ‘ol days, IT could easily control the software and hardware in their infrastructure. They would authorize and purchase systems and distribute them for use by employees without the worry that additional, unauthorized software or devices would appear within their network. That level of control has gone the way of punch cards and computers with secure processors.

The rise of cloud computing and mobile adoption has forever altered the corporate IT landscape. Individuals or departments can now easily purchase and install software without the knowledge of their IT departments, and employees may access sensitive company information from anywhere in the world on variety of devices, including personal laptops, mobile phones, and tablets that have not been properly secured. Virtual servers can be added to an infrastructure at no cost and left untracked for months.

The practice of Shadow IT has grown so much that 83% of CIOs have reported experiencing unauthorized software in their network. Additional studies have found that companies typically underestimate their use of cloud services by 8X. The proliferation of unauthorized software and hardware can lead to a myriad of security issues, including missing patches. End users often ignore or forget to patch their own machines and applications, leaving IT departments to discover vulnerabilities once they’ve been exploited. Popular applications including Google Chrome, Java, Firefox, and Adobe products like Flash regularly release patches to fix vulnerabilities, and operating systems patches are critical to say on top of to reduce your attack surface.

Without knowledge of the hardware and software running within their infrastructure, SysAdmins are unable to ensure that all applications and devices are up-to-date and secure, leading to security vulnerabilities and causing companies to fall out of compliance. To maintain cyber hygiene, IT departments must take back control of their infrastructure by employing solutions that provide full infrastructure visibility, and the ability to take action quickly.

There are a variety of vulnerability management tools that enable IT managers to detect and identify the various systems in their infrastructure. However, those tools are limited in that they show you what you have, but updating devices is still manual work. The ability to act on the information you have is critical to improve your security position.

Cloud native solutions like Automox enable you to take action on your endpoints, from cloud servers to remote laptops, with the click of single button. With Automox, you can also easily download approved software and blacklist software you don’t want on your network. And because Automox is “self healing”, even if an end user downloads a piece of blacklisted software, it will be removed automatically. Similar on-premise solutions aren’t able to provide this level of control over remote devices.

Automox provides full visibility into your infrastructure through a cloud-native, lightweight agent. This provides IT teams the information they need on the current patch status of the operating system and installed applications. And reporting to stakeholders has never been easier, as you can pull a real time status report on the infrastructure and its exposure level.

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 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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