“I Love Patch Management!” (Said no one ever)
k, disclaimer…this blog post has profanity. Not the kind that would make your mother blush, but it’s here, and if you’re sensitive to that kind of stuff you might consider this carefully curated catalogue of cat videos over on youtube for the next 10 minutes.
But if you’re up for an unvarnished take on the current state of endpoint management and how to actually spend less time rather than more on this task…then read on. I’ll put my favorite cat video at the end.
The first thing we need to do is get on the same page...patching and managing endpoints (along with all their software) is a giant pain in the ass! As you know, it’s not a quick little task that takes you 5 or 10 minutes to deal with but a real, big, ongoing pain in the backside. It’s not that patching an endpoint is a particularly hard task, it’s akin to watching paint dry IMO, but what makes this such a complicated and difficult problem to stay on top of, is that there are so many endpoints, in so many locations, each with a different configuration, software, and operating system. This is endpoint entropy and it’s a hard and fast fact in every IT manager’s world.
In an effort to solve this problem there are a huge number of endpoint management and “threat identification tools” that are truly awesome at one thing…generating bad news. Each of these systems gives you more ways to query your environment and alert you to present issues than you ever thought possible…but none of them actually do the f&%ing work.
Sure, if this was your only job you might be able to keep up. Or perhaps if you had a bigger team you might be able to delegate this oh-so-exciting work. And of course, if you had a big enough budget you might be able to actually purchase one of these fancy bad-news generators in the first place. You don’t have to look any further than the Windows ecosystem to see how many EMP solutions are out there that only tell you what to do, but don’t actually do anything themselves.
But the reality for most companies is that they don’t have the time, resources, or budget to keep up with the patching and management of their endpoints. They simply hope nothing bad happens in the interim.
It is my opinion that the only way to allow every company, of every size, to maintain a strong operational security posture is by completely automating patching endpoints and their software. Gratuitous plug, in 3...2...1...Here at Automox, our platform enables IT managers to literally patch endpoint operating systems, and critical software like Adobe, Flash, and Java within minutes.
Instead of dreading the bad news you’re about to read, and the subsequent work of looking for all of the patches you’ll need and figuring out when you can take care of everything. At Automox we go beyond showing you where the issues are, we actually patch Windows, Mac, and Linux systems and their software automatically from a single cloud based platform.
Whether managing laptops for your workforce or servers in the cloud, Automox delivers a powerful and intuitive platform that allows you to easily customize endpoint patching and configuration settings to fit your specific requirements. No servers to manage, no sales people to deal with, no pot of gold required to pay for it all, just a simple, quick solution to make your day a little better.
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