Patch management entails having a centralized view on the applicable patches for endpoints across a network, so that Vulnerable, Highly Vulnerable and Healthy Systems can be classified at a glance. This helps spot the systems that need attention so that appropriate measures can be taken to keep the network safe from cyberattacks.
Cyber crime has increased exponentially in the past decade, with hackers becoming more and more creative and coming up with new ways to exploit vulnerabilities. One of the most common entry points for these attacks are unpatched systems. Every time a security patch is released, the attackers become aware of a new vulnerability that can be exploited (in unpatched systems) and they start probing networks for the weakness.
Since only 38% of the organizations are prepared for a cyberattack, such vulnerable networks are easy to come across and exploit. This is why an effective patch management solution is required, to keep networks safe from cyber attacks and prevent data breaches. System administrators need to ensure that all the endpoints in their network are up-to-date and have no performance issues, so that everyone can make an efficient use of the time and resources available to them, safely and securely. To summarize, if endpoints are left unpatched in a network, it will lead to:
Desktop Central offers a fully automated Patch Management solution for Windows, Mac, Linux and third party applications(view the complete list of supported applications here). The following features and capabilities give you granular control over the entire patch management process:
Zohocorp continuously probes the internet for newly released patches and vulnerabilities. Once a new patch is discovered, it is added to Zohocorp's Central Patch Repository after ample verification and testing. This repository can be accessed by Desktop Central server installed within a client's environment and is used to evaluate vulnerabilities within the network.
On the client's site, Desktop Central Server maintains a Vulnerability Database which is synced periodically with the Central Patch Repository. This sync is done in two ways:
A patch scan is automatically initiated every time the vulnerability database is updated. All systems in the network will be scanned for missing patches within the next 90 minutes and this data will be posted to Desktop Central Server.
Desktop Central allows you to classify the health status of the systems within your network via the system health policy. You can specify the number of missing patches for which the systems should be classified as healthy, vulnerable and highly vulnerable. Based on this classification, you will be able to narrow down the systems that need immediate attention and take effective measures.
Desktop Central also helps automate antivirus definition updates. Such updates are quite frequent and may happen several times a day which might result in high bandwidth consumption. To avoid it, you can schedule these updates once every day at a convenient time.
You can disable automatic updates using Desktop Central in just a few clicks. This enables you to have complete control over any updates that are installed within your network.
It is always recommended to test patches before installing them on all the systems in your network to ensure that there is no downtime due to faulty patches. Using Desktop Central, you can form test groups and automate installation of patches on test systems before rolling them out to the entire network. You can also specify the number of days after which the patches should be approved automatically for installation on the rest of the systems.
You can choose to decline patches for certain applications (legacy applications) or in case there's a patch that causes instability while it's installed on test systems. Desktop Central allows you to decline non-severe patches as well as patches for a specific group of computers.
To avoid bandwidth issues and ensure system availability, system administrators can schedule the installation of patches on a convenient day and time by configuring a deployment policy. In the deployment policy, you can configure the week(s) and day(s) on which the deployment should take place, the time interval within which the patch should be installed, and the reboot policy. You can also allow the user to skip deployment. Desktop Central has the capability to wake computers on LAN before deployment, if the computers are shut down at that moment.
Using Desktop Central you can automate patch deployment every step of the way and save time, resources and effort. You can automate it for specific applications or departments within your network, on the desired day and time, at a convenient frequency. You only need to schedule it once, and the entire process will be automated and you will be notified at each step. Visit this web page to know more about this.
You can manage patches on the go with our mobile app. In just a few taps, you can install patches, approve/decline patches, view detailed patch reports, initiate patch scanning and much more! What's better is that you don't even have to do these tasks yourself, just ask Zia, Desktop Central's IT Assistant, and she'll do them for you.