5 Reasons to have a Patch Management Solution
Now a days, Organization is only focusing and rely on information technology infrastructure to enhance their business, and focusing on that Solutions they purchase to maintain the infrastructure and focusing on its Return of Investment.
But now a days the threat of malicious virus and worm attacks has been increasing thus forcing businesses to re investigate their security needs to better protect their environment, Continue to be intrigued by the fact that we talk so much about advanced IT security solutions while we still neglect the basics of good security need a good example is patch management that’s why I am highlighting the reason to have a Patch Management Solution in an organization.
It is common phenomena that major attacks is on Microsoft Platform and Combating these attacks on the Microsoft® platform has become a high priority. In response, Microsoft produces security patches for their system vulnerabilities and makes them available to users. Research has shown that the most efficient way to be protected against attacks is to ensure that every machine in the environment has the latest patches installed. If one computer in the environment is not patched, it can threaten the stability of the entire environment and possibly inhibit normal functionality.
The main reason to have the Patch Management Solution is that IT security teams must follow to ensure that their systems and applications are up-to-date, known vulnerabilities are addressed and that the organization is compliant with several regulations and standards. Remediation of application vulnerabilities (also known as “patch management”) is continually ranked at the top of all the most important guidelines and industry standards for security configuration, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST and the SANS 20 Critical Security Controls.
Solve for Third Party Applications:
Hacking has evolved into an organized business looking for the fastest way to exploit as many systems as possible. Secunia’s 2014 Vulnerability Review calls out that 76% of vulnerabilities are related to third party applications, outnumbering Microsoft applications such as Office (16%) and Windows (8%). Thus, third party patch management must be an integral part of your overall patching strategy.
Discover organizational hardware and software inventory
System administrators should create and maintain a clear inventory record of all hardware equipment and software packages, along with version numbers of those software packages most used within the organization. This inventory will help system administrator’s better monitor and identify vulnerabilities and patches that are applicable across the organization.
A patch management Solution enables organizations to have better control and supervision of their information resources, ensuring that they are in line with governance and regulatory compliance demands.
Recently compliance has become an important driver for companies to implement a patch management solution. There are more and more laws and regulations that are imposing security best practices on companies and having the systems fully patched is one of the most important security rules.
Lack of Report Availability
At the minimum, patch reports should be able to help you identify the status of security patches on all endpoints across the organization. This includes endpoints which are missing patches, patches which have been installed on specific endpoints, and the number of endpoints which require updates, to name a few details in a patch report. The more advanced reporting systems and visibility help you to stay on top of a complete patch management solution using automated processes and the latest reporting technologies.
For maximum security, admins need to apply patches uniformly across all platforms. Typically, “a lot of system administrators patch Windows machines in a timely manner but administrators often neglect other OS as well.
Today’s environments demand that the solution to managing patches for major operating systems and applications be an automated yet stringently controlled process. The IBM End Point Manager (Big Fix) patch management solution designed to address this need, I will discuss later on how IBM End point Manager (Big fix) will help Organizations and how it is different with other patching Solutions available in the Market.
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