Keeping Windows and applications up-to-date is a fundamental requirement for any IT security strategy. However, it’s never been more difficult because of the size and volume of those updates. We aren’t surprised to see that systems have been left vulnerable as demonstrated by the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks.
Keeping end user systems running smoothly and safely has never been more challenging. But it’s never been more important, either. Two major annual updates for Windows 10 (in addition to the monthly security updates) and frequent application updates to plug security holes, puts IT systems under huge stress. It’s no wonder that updates get delayed when everyone’s worried about overloading WAN links or not wanting to interrupt end user’s work.
As was all too clear during the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks, the failure to keep systems properly up-to-date leaves them completely vulnerable. In the UK, the NHS was a significant victim, but many commercial organizations were affected as well. Those who weren’t, spent many days and even weeks validating they were safe or taking longwinded remediation steps.
Keeping systems supported and up-to-date may be a regulatory compliance requirement for some, but it’s also a must for any business seeking to protect their reputation, corporate information, or personal data. (Last time we checked, that includes everyone.)
To achieve your patch compliance goals, you should start by implementing an IT infrastructure that can allow any update to be deployed at any time – regardless of how remote or poorly connected endpoints may be.
Building on that foundation, automation is needed to ensure updates are delivered, installed and configured without manual intervention by IT staff.
As one 1E customer put it, “1E makes patching 400,000 systems boring. Which is a good thing.”
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