Patches? Say what?
Some of you may remember the times when software came on media that now lives on as the save icon, a time when you might have gotten away with not worrying about patches so much. Maybe your environment was just a bunch of computers not even on a network, or perhaps you just had an intranet. Documents were exchanged with a fax machine and presentations held using an overhead projector. Confidential information was stored in filing cabinets making a lock and a key your most important security tool.
These days, though, chances are your assets are in a network 24/7, have internet access and an ever increasing portfolio of applications installed aside from the OS. Files can be stored locally, in central repositories or in various cloud services. And your assets provide an access point to all of these. Which is why it’s of utmost importance that you keep your software secure, or you run the risk of exposing your environment to various malware and hacking attacks and increase your chances of faulty software causing productivity losses.
But I’ve never had any problems!
Are you sure? At the time of writing, just this year alone, Microsoft has released 63 security patches for their products. Additionally, for this year so far, the US National Vulnerability Database lists 75 Google Chrome related vulnerabilities, 52 for Mozilla Firefox, 113 for Internet Explorer, 31 for Adobe Reader and 25 for Java. That’s almost 300 all put together for just five apps. Do you know which of these are in use in your organization? Do you know which ones of those installations are the latest version? If so, kudos to you.
Once a system is compromised, the ramifications such as unauthorized access to confidential data may indeed not be reversible. It will also be much harder to make sure a once compromised system is secure again rather than preventing an intrusion in the first place. It might also be very difficult to even notice a system has been penetrated.
So what’s the solution?
Getting on board with patch management is a step into the right direction. It’s all about taking a proactive approach instead of a costly break-fix. You’ll be preventing problems before they occur. This is a critical aspect especially concerning security. Software companies are already doing a great job at keeping the threats at bay. Chances are the security threats discussed above have already been taken care of and patches released. You could handle all the patches manually, but then you’ll also need to keep track of all the software your organization uses, all the workstations that have said software installed, keep track of the patch releases not to mention the installation itself, consuming lots of man hours.
This is where we come in. Later this summer, we’ll be making your company’s IT much more secure and lessen the burden of your administration. Supporting both Windows OS patches and a variety of 3rd party app patches such as the aforementioned Adobe Reader and Java, Miradore patch management will make securing your environment a cakewalk on easy street. You’ll be able to easily divide your assets into groups, select the patches you want installed onto those groups, and let Miradore work its magic. You can rest assured your software are always up to date, and through the simple and powerful reporting, audit your environment at any time. More security, less work, could it get any better?
Stay tuned. More to follow.