Simple Effective Remote Patching

If you’re applying Windows updates with WSUS or SCCM, we don’t have to reiterate the challenges. Both can be complicated to setup and manage for systems that are “in the office.” Trying to patch remote systems using VPN access is where the tools really break down, leaving both IT and end users frustrated and unhappy with the experience. There is a more effective, simple remote patching alternative. It’s easier for everyone involved, is more affordable than SCCM, and can handle more than just Microsoft patch updates.

Automox’s automated system protection is the next generation of patch management and configuration enforcement. Automox is both system and geographically agnostic. The cloud based solution works across Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, handles any third party software, and works on devices and servers anywhere around the globe.

Remote employees are increasing as the traditional 9-5 office job is becoming a thing of the past. Workforces are now more distributed and more flexible. Gallup reported that last year that 43% of workers spent at least some time working remotely, and International Data Corporation estimates that by 2020, half of the US workforce will be non-office based mobile workers.

While cloud based technology has enabled this shift in workplace dynamics, other aspects of technology are not keeping up. WSUS and SCCM are prime examples of this. A recent blog post from Microsoft outlines the difficulty of keeping systems patched when workers are connecting remotely through a VPN.

VPN’s used to be a necessity for remote workers to access their network. It made sense when everything was hosted locally and you wanted to enforce a secure connection. However, cloud computing has created new business models that are secure and globally integrated.

Patch management and configuration enforcement for remote workers are far too important to business operations and information security to still be relying on VPN’s. Forcing remote workers to use a VPN connection causes delays and requires too much effort from both IT managers and end users to be effective. The result is an unnecessary increase in your vulnerability status.

Cyber attacks are going to continue to increase and the speed at which patches are applied is critical to security efforts. It only takes one unpatched system for a breach to occur. Automox is easy to install, simple to manage, and keeps track of system vulnerability status in real time. With automated patch remediation, Automox’s system protection platform can reduce your threat surface by half or more.

Through configurable automation designed to meet your needs, from simple set-it and forget-it automated patching to customized workflow augmentation, Automox is up and running within minutes of distributing the agent to workstations and servers. And as a SaaS solution, it’s more affordable than you might think.

A single easy to navigate dashboard allows you to see every system you’re managing and its current patch status. The custom policy engine can also manage configuration settings, deploy software, and ensure policy compliance. You can do all of this with no VPN required!

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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