Why You Need Automated Patch Management in the Cloud

97% of network outages are caused by human factors, and the manual patching processes is a growing contributor to this staggering figure. It’s clear that the time for automated patch management has arrived — and it is waiting for you in the cloud. The data, from a study by Dimension Research, was gathered to determine how companies are balancing increasing network complexity while maintaining security and compliance requirements. As easy first step to minimize risk is to look at automating the process with a cloud patch management solution.

More than two-thirds of senior executives believe digital transformation is forcing a fundamental changes to their security strategy. Forbes polled CISO’s and found 68% have experienced a breach with 26% in the past year. This has prompted 73% of companies to increase their IT spending on security in 2017. Yet one-third still believe they are “very” or “extremely” vulnerable.

This is not surprising when threats against your infrastructure are increasing, and more common than most people think. McAfee reported that a mid-sized company of 1,000–3,000 employees sees an average of 11–20 incidents every day and larger organization can experience up to 50 incidents a day. These incidents can be eliminated if the vulnerabilities are not there in the first place. Cloud based patch management solutions can identify and remediate threats automatically, as soon as they are known.

Automated cloud patch management is far different than the process of manual patching, which can take upwards of a year. Ponemon Institute recently found that it takes an average of 201 days to detect a breach and another 70 days to remediate it. No organization can tolerate a nine month turnaround on vulnerabilities. Manual processes are simply inefficient in both time and resources. IT admins are expected to handle competing priorities yet address patches of individual servers and network devices in a timely fashion. Patching manually is easily one or more people’s full time responsibility, yet no one is tasked with only patching. The answer is automation.

The case for automation is solidified by recent data from Voke Media who noted that 82% of discovered breaches occurred due to patches pending for more than 10 days and even up to a year. And nearly a third of the companies failed an audit, of which 81% could have been prevented with a patch or configuration change.

Automated cloud patch management can eliminate 90% of the work required to keep your infrastructure secure and compliant. But up until now these “enterprise class” solutions have only been within reach of a select group of large companies. With the Automox Patch Management as a Service platform…robust enterprise class patching is now available to everyone in a cost effective SaaS package. No servers to install and manage, and no vendor lock-in.

At Automox, we have moved automated patch management to the cloud with a lightweight agent that sits on each server and network device providing a secure persistent encrypted session with the Automox cloud. Once installed, it immediately goes to work taking an inventory of hardware, software, patches, and configuration details. Within minutes of setup, you have a complete view of every network device and server along with all the installed software and a clear catalogue of outstanding patches and required updates.

And, Automox is fully geo-independent. It works on any device, in any location — home, office, coffee shop, datacenter, or anyplace in between. It’s secure anywhere in the world without having to rely on a VPN!

Automox automates patch remediation, addressing IT professionals long standing pain points. According to the Dimension Research study, 86% of them want to be able to pinpoint segmentation/micro-segmentation vulnerabilities, 85% want to accelerate the resolution of network issues, and 79% want to continuously verify and automate compliance reporting. Now they can!

Email us to learn how you can improve your readiness for audit and compliance reviews, reduce your risk footprint, and more quickly and easily remediate vulnerabilities.

As originally published on Automox.com

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