In the current digital age, most enterprises turn to the use of third-party applications for every requirement, from end-user applications for productivity purposes, all the way up to more complex endpoint and Active Directory utility tools.
However, with more cyber-threats being identified everyday, enterprises are increasingly aware that the installation of third-party software comes with the considerable responsibility for maintaining the system's security.
Since the benefits of using third-party applications significantly outweigh their drawbacks for most businesses, it becomes important to employ a robust patch management solution regardless of business size, to stay ahead of security threats.
Why Enterprise Patch Management is so important?
Software patches are updates that are released by software developers to fix bugs or security vulnerabilities in the software's code. Developers generally release patches after they become aware of a vulnerability, and they usually do this through updates on the company's website.
These updates provide an important layer of protection for organizations, since they can help mitigate cyber-security threats like unauthorized access to sensitive data, system crashes, and more.
Most often patches are routine releases that come out shortly after the discovery of a vulnerability. Patch management is becoming one of the most important aspects of IT security. Enterprises need to be aware of the various patch management tools available in the market, so they can mitigate against exploits and stay secure.
What are the different types of patches released by vendors?
The different types of patch management are as follows:
- Security updates: Patches to fix a vulnerability in a software in order to make it secure. It can be a new exploit discovered or an old one that has been found.
- Enhancements: These are software updates that add functionality to the original Program.
- Fixes for non-security issues: These are patches that fix errors in the software, but not vulnerabilities. Bugs and minor glitches in Apps may be fixed with this type of patch.
- Software upgrades: Patches that introduce new features and changes to the original software which is still functional and secure.
- Software replacements: When you need to replace your older software with newer one, you can do so by installing this type of patches or updates and then uninstalling the old software and then installing the new one for example
Introducing Patch Manager Plus
Patch Manager Plus is a solution that provides enterprise-level patching for both on premise as well as remote endpoints. We can manage and distribute patches to endpoints such as laptops, desktop computers and servers.
This solution improves network security by keeping applications across your systems in a continuously updated state and also helps resolve software vulnerabilities, bugs & other security flaws.
Patch Manager Plus has a large base of ready-to-deploy third party updates that are pre-tested. This means IT administrators don't have to worry about deploying them on time - they can select which ones to deploy whenever they choose to.
The centralized solution allows you to download & deploy patches in a controlled manner. This can be crucial when there is a higher priority placed on Bandwidth utilization.
Efficiently manage patches with automation
Users of Patch Manager Plus can automate their entire patch cycle by identifying systems with missing patches, fetching & preparing updates, and carrying out timely distribution. Automatic updates save time and resources. This helps to improve security because updates are deployed even when the administrators are not active.
Test patches before deploying to end user machines
Product users now have the option of testing out third-party patches in a safe test environment before deploying them to systems across the network. This eliminates the possibility of installing patches that might cause critical servers in your production environment to malfunction.
Customized deployment to suit the needs of your Enterprise
IT Administrators can now manage the patch management process by using the flexible deployment policies. This guarantees adherence with your work-schedule and helps you focus on other important aspects of your business as well as maintain the productivity levels of end users.
Users can set up workflows that automate the process of deploying patches. There are various predefined workflows that ensure a patch is applied at a suitable time. For example, an IT administrator can set up workflows so patches are deployed before or after office hours, over weekends or holidays.
Download Patch Manager Plus for free today!
Patch Manager Plus is available in both on-premise and cloud based solutions. For the on-premise solution, you can choose between Standard, Professional or Enterprise editions depending on your requirements. Download the trial-version today and start managing patches to your network today!