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mployees are one of the biggest risks to your network. They are susceptible to phishing attacks, using out-of-date systems, and practicing poor security habits. One study found that 75% of large organizations have been victim to employee-related security breaches, with 50% of the worst breaches being caused by human error. Employees must be properly educated on wifi security, unauthorized application usage, and the importance of patching.

There are three major issues related to employee security: Shadow IT applications, unpatched devices and systems, and poor judgement when it comes to connecting to insecure networks or opening malicious emails. While employee training on security best practices is important to reduce phishing attacks and related issues, some human error is inevitable, and therefore companies must also enforce policies around patching and sanctioned applications. To be effective, this enforcement must be easy for IT Departments to manage, address even remote endpoints, and provide minimal disruptions to employees.

In order to meet these criteria, you first need visibility of every workstation in your infrastructure, including the hardware configuration and software applications for every endpoint. In the past, this was not always possible.

Today, there are cloud native automated solutions that address all of these needs. Automox is one such solution. You can manage patching across Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux as well as 3rd party software applications. You can also deploy software remotely, update devices without reducing employee productivity, and have visibility into the configuration of every endpoint.

Through a lightweight cloud-native agent installed on each endpoint, Automox allows you to quickly and easily automate patching, manage software deployments, enforce required configuration settings, and gain full visibility into the security status of your infrastructure.

Necessary patches are identified, downloaded, and applied according to a schedule you set to minimize disruption, and employees can only delay patch applications that require a reboot. If they delay the action three times, the patch update is then automatically enforced. Automox’s central policy engine gives you the ability to set custom rules. For example, severe patches can be immediately applied, while those that impact business-critical systems are flagged for testing before being applied.

Software deployments can also be remotely managed through Automox. Employees can be given required software no matter where they are located. You can also blacklist software that you don’t want on your system. And since Automox is ‘self healing’, if someone deletes required software or downloads blacklisted software, the next time the policy runs, the software will be reinstated or deleted as per your policies.

In addition, Automox’s provides full visibility over what operating systems, browsers, and other 3rd party applications are running on each employee device. Over the past few years, Shadow IT, the unsanctioned usage of 3rd party applications that employees install themselves, has grown exponentially. This provides more opportunities for hackers to access your infrastructure through vulnerabilities you are unaware you have in your network. With Automox, you get visibility into what is running on all employee devices, and patch status of all applications and operating systems. If unknown applications are causing vulnerabilities, you can quickly remove them to avoid exploitations and improve your network’s security.

Employees with poor security practices can be a huge problem for security, but by automating remote patching and software deployment, getting visibility into all endpoints, and training employees on how to identify phishing scams or insecure networks, you can vastly reduce the number of exploitations that come from employee actions. Using Automox’s cloud-native patching automation solution saves time, ensures all devices and applications are patched, and improves visibility.

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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