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4 Things to Look for in a Patch Management Solution

Posted by Trevan Marden on Aug 3, 2018

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We’ve seen all too often that the cause of the major breaches we see in the news is failure by the organization to patch a software vulnerability for which a patch has long been available. As a result, more and more organizations are looking for solutions that help make the process of identifying and deploying patches easier and more automated. If you’re looking for a solution for patch management, here are four things to consider:

  1. Cloud-based or On-premises

With more infrastructure moving to the cloud and more remote users, look for a solution that will be able to handle systems and applications wherever they are. Cloud servers require patching just as much as on-premises counterparts, so make sure your solution can accommodate both. You also want it to work for remote users, you may not be located in an office or connected to a domain. Whether cloud-based or on-premises, ensure the solution will continue to function and deploy patches to users who may be outside of the office network.

  1. Support for Application and Operating Systems

Across multiple operating systems and hundreds of common applications, it’s important to make sure the solution you purchase supports the software you use. With the proliferation of bring-your-own-device models, IT must now contend with a wide range of operating systems and software that can range widely by job function. You will need a patching solution that can accommodate all of your devices and software.

  1. Ease of Use

With a patch management solution, your goal is save time spent on manual processes and ensure systems are kept up to date, so look for a solution that is easy to deploy and use. SaaS-based platforms can provide a simple interface to see available patches and schedule deployment. Since testing patches can take time, look for a solution that will also help prioritize which patches will reduce the most risk, to ensure you focus first on the most impactful.  

  1. Integration with Other Areas of Your Security Program

Patch management is only one part of your security program and you want to make sure that you are not just managing siloed solutions. Look for a solution that integrates well with other components of your security program, such as your security monitoring and vulnerability assessment tools, to get a clearer picture of your security posture in one place.

For organizations with limited resources, Cygilant’s Unified Vulnerability and Patch Management is designed to address common challenges by providing access to our 24x7 Global SOC (GSOC) team of security experts to manage the vulnerability and patching technology. The solution provides a single-pane-of-glass view to see identified vulnerabilities and the patches that address them. We provide an auditable workflow to review and deploy patches, prioritized based on risk to your organization. You can quickly see vulnerabilities and available patches, as well as the link between patches and the vulnerabilities they resolve. From there you can review and schedule deployment of the patches.  This unique integration of vulnerability and patch management can help your organization quickly reduce your attack surface, helping you stay protected against the latest threats.

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Tags: Security as a Service, Patch Management, Application Patch

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