Our blog series, giving background on our Patch Management comparison, has now arrived to its last post, where we’ll look at the result summary.

Survey behind the comparison

The aim of the survey was to study the 3rd party application updates on workstations using a Windows-based operating system. We received 100 answers from 44 different countries for the survey. Approximately a fourth of the answers came from Finnish organizations. A clear majority of the answers were from the private sector, but we also got approximately 20 sets of answers from the public and education sector and non-profits. The size range of the organizations span from less than 10 endpoints to more than 25 000.

This survey, conducted by Centero, was the basis we used when deciding on the comparison’s criteria:

1. Has the organization had an information security risk evaluation from the point of view of business?

One of the main goals was to find out whether the organizations see the 3rd party application vulnerabilities as a threat to their business. According to the answers, a clear majority, a whopping 91 %, said they do.

2. If the answer was yes, did the evaluation include application vulnerabilities?

  • Yes 57%
  • No 25%
  • I don’t know 18%

3. If the answer was yes, how high of a risk the application vulnerabilities were considered?

  • Critical 13%
  • High 40%
  • Medium 42%
  • Low 5%

Comparison results

The aim of Centero’s comparison was to shed some light on how different patch management tools work in different areas. The following score table shows how each solution scored in different areas.



CSM stands out with its capacity for best corporate practices

Compared to the other solutions, Centero Software Manager was a clear number one in its suitability for corporate practices. Automatic updates and shortcuts for the updated applications had been disabled, and in addition to this, all application updates were completely silent and didn’t disturb the end user in any way.

CSM is based on SCCM and its application-type application deployments, which is beneficial for instance in the following:
• use of dependencies
• use of requirements
• installation behavior
• substitutions
• use of voluntary deployment.

Centero Software Manager (CSM) scores average in the number of supported applications, but it supports all of the seven most important applications. As the solution integrates into SCCM, you can deploy and update business applications as well.

If needed, Centero also provides different business applications as packaging service, which means the applications behave like any other 3rd party application in the update process. Ask us about our packaging service »

Price comparison for the different tools

Do remember the prices are estimates and based on the list prices or the prices stated by the retailers or application providers at the time of the comparison.

For detailed information on the comparison’s results, and the features of the compared applications, check out our free Patch Management Tools’ Comparison Guide. Download the guide here »

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