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Microsoft Endpoint Configuration ManagerAteraQuest KACE Systems ManagementBigFixAutomoxKaseya VSAMicrosoft Windows Server Update ServicesIvanti Patch for Windows
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    Offers good patching.The technical support is good.
  2. All of the features of Atera are valuable because they allow the customers to achieve their goals. It is easy to use, has good collaboration, and has zero maintenance.
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  4. The service desk can be configured and customized to better serve our environment.The single pane of glass for managing devices is helpful because it allows me to perform updates and control things without having to disturb the doctors or nurses.
  5. We found the implementation partner to be very supportive in terms of explaining and training the in-house resources and deploying the solution. It is a one-stop tool that allows you to do everything. It supports reporting, vulnerability management, patch management, and configuration. All things can be done in one tool.
  6. They've been adding some new features lately, which I'm not nearly as familiar with, but the ability to just deploy patches and exempt certain machines from certain patches is helpful. For instance, for our servers, we may not want to roll out zero-day patches. We are able to exempt those and make sure that they don't get those policies. We've got certain servers that have to run a particular version of Java, and being able to exempt those servers from receiving Java updates is pretty fantastic.
  7. The remote support is the most valuable aspect of the solution.Patch management was very useful. Backdoor access to the clients was also very useful.
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  9. The most important aspect is that we can centrally deploy the updates that are necessary for the organization. It's important. The most valuable features are that it is included with Windows, and it can be driven by Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
  10. The solution is a good product and I have heard that the interface is more friendly than that of Windows.I have found the interface and ease of use valuable features. Additionally, it is very easy to patch VMs and other systems, such a Linux. We are able to do patches even without the internet manually.

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Hello peers, Patching is considered important for improving and maintaining software security.  What are the risks associated with NOT performing regular patching on existing software? How does patch management make this process easier?
author avatarRavi Khanchandani

Software security should be addressed under three heads - Patch status, Configuration status and Vulnerability status.

Patch Compliance: ensures that "all known issues" with the software are addressed. Please do note that the software can mean - Operating system software or Application Software.

Configuration hardening: ensures that the software is configured to use "best security practices" to use the software. This may include password aging settings, password complexity settings, role-based user access, file permission settings. Please do note that even though the software has the latest patch, a weak security configuration can open doors for bad actors.

Vulnerability status: While Patching and Configuration settings may help address security issues that are of the known category, it is important to scan the software using VA tools to identify open vulnerabilities that may not have a patch or maybe a security setting workaround. 

author avatarITSecuri7cfd (IT Security Coordinator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees)
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The risk of not patching: 

-incompatibility between applications and the OS, or 3rd-party software,

-remote access/access in general to your network and ability to exploit, disrupt, steal IP, hold data hostage, or steal CCD or other compliance data (HIPAA, SOX, lab, research, etc)

-email and BEC compromise

So if you like spam or ransomware, go ahead and click on those embedded links on your unpatched PC. :)

author avatarRavi Khanchandani

Not Patching is like driving a car without a spare wheel in a jungle terrain. Regular patching safeguards you from at least the known perils.

author avatarDanny Miller

Patching is the cornerstone of cyber hygiene. Due to the sheer volume of new vulnerabilities, the only way to achieve security is by using intelligence and automation in the patching process. Thus, every organization must remediate vulnerabilities on a regular basis to safeguard from cyber threats.

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