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think we can all agree that patching is a task we tend to eschew. It’s not because we don’t need to do it. We absolutely must do it. However, the process of patching is unpleasant. It’s time consuming, requires manual human intervention, is ad hoc, lacks a unified solution, and creates unintended consequences that require even more work. Unless a patch is critical to business operations or we absolutely have to install it, we all put them off for as long as we can.

If you’re still in this mindset, this blog post is going to make your day. New modern patching solutions have all but eliminated the burdensome tasks associated with patching. Let’s take a look at how cloud native automation can become your single source of truth for patching.

Speed And Efficiency

The #1 pain about patching is the time and resource required. Outside of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday, patches can released on any given day. And with the increase in patches released, keeping up with new ones is a full time job. Unfortunately, no one goes to school to patch and very few companies have a person dedicated to patching.

Thus, patches are too often deprioritized. This results in a constant patch backlog leaving you open to attacks. And pulling team members off of other projects to apply patches decreases productivity and puts other projects behind schedule.

Fortunately, cloud native patch automation address both of these issues. Through the use of a lightweight agent deployed to each endpoint, the current patch status can be seen for every endpoint. Patch automation can then be set to apply new patches either as they are released, or after a specific number of days to allow for testing. No more backlog or pulling team members off of other projects. And new vulnerabilities are patched in a timely manner.

Multi OS And 3rd Party Patching

Another dilemma with patching is the ability to patch more than a single operating system or 3rd party application with a single solution. Many of you use WSUS or SCCM for patching Windows, but what about Mac OS X, Linux, or 3rd party apps? Yes, some solutions will provide the ability to patch 3rd Party, but it’s rarely easy or straightforward. Mac has a couple of patching options for you, but they are limited to Apple. And Linux is just hard to deal with for patches.

Cloud native patch automation simplifies these issues. Now you can patch every OS and 3rd party application from a single dashboard. Is this the holy grail of patching? Maybe. If the #1 pain is speed and efficiency, you can’t achieve that with a patching stack, you need one solution that handles all of your vulnerabilities. Approve, test, manage exceptions, and remediate all within one platform.

Every Endpoint, Anywhere In The World

So you may be thinking, multi OS and 3rd party patching is great, but what about my cloud infrastructure and remote users. How do I ensure these endpoints are consistently patched? If you’re used to on-premise patching or VPN requirements, sadly those options simply won’t work in today’s environments. Nearly every company now utilizes at least some cloud infrastructure and employees will continue to connect to the network from anywhere and everywhere across a variety of devices.

Again, cloud native automation has your back. Because the agent is on every endpoint, it sets a persistent encrypted session with the cloud native solution, enabling you to patch and manage any endpoint, regardless of location. As long as the endpoint is online, it can be patched. So now you’re patching every OS and 3rd party software, across every endpoint, quickly and efficiently.

Visibility And Reporting

Going back to the headline of this blog post, single source of truth for patching, all of the above points are fantastic, but how does this manifest for me? There are two aspects that bring this to life. The first is your dashboard. From there you can see the current status of your entire infrastructure. You’ll see new patches that are pending, any missed patches, patches that need your approval, and the number of patches applied in the last week.

You can also set and manage patch policies and groups. This enables you to customize patch application by severity, location, department, and patch type. The second aspect you’re going to love is reporting. Now with a single click you can see an activity report, non-compliant devices, pending patches, or an overview report. Providing other stakeholders with the current state or your endpoints has never been easier.

As you probably figured out already, Automox is your single source of truth for patching. Our automation is configurable to meet your specific needs. From set it and forget it simplicity to remediation that matches your existing patch testing workflow, Automox works with you to simply the patching experience. You get time back in your day, a reduced attack surface, and improved data security. Keeping your endpoints compliant is one less thing to worry about.

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.

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