As superheroes of endpoint management, we have witnessed many a frightening example of organizations without a proper application update process. Update patches arrive constantly, and not all of them might seem significant. But be wary of the road of not taking each into account. Let us take you on a journey…
1. Not All Update Patches Are Equal – But That’s Not the Point
Operating systems and third-party applications are updated constantly. For example, updates for Google Chrome browser are released at least twice a month. Sometimes you may feel that every single application is updating itself, every day, all the time.
Some update patches are just minor feature updates and such, not pertinent to cyber security. On the other hand, some are emergency patches designed to fix zero-day vulnerabilities. And if you don’t install those patches, you’re basically screwed.
So, yes, you really don’t have to download and install every single update patch, but then you better damn know which ones are important and which ones aren’t.
2. You Can’t Design an Update Process in an Instant (No, You Really Can’t)
Now you have decided that you are well aware which update patches are pertinent to your operations and which ones are not, and you act accordingly. Good for you!
And you were responsible for the whole workstation environment, did you say? Dozens of workstations? And because you knew which updates are the important ones, you really didn’t have to work out a whole update process? (That would obviously be quite tiresome.)
Well, did you hear about the zero-day vulnerability they released yesterday? Oh you didn’t? Don’t worry, you must still have time to come up with a process to update all of those workstations instantly!
The workstations are what?
3. If Your Versions Are Aligned, Everything Is Probably Fine
Because we wouldn’t want what previously happened to happen again to your really quite valuable workstations, we run an application inventory for your whole environment, the nice guys we are at Centero.
And we notice there are five different versions of the same application running in the environment.
Why would you do that?
The thing is, if application versions don’t match in an environment, that is a sign of general disarray and lack of a proper update process. Vice versa, if versions are aligned – and preferably by the previous update – then the environment is probably also healthy otherwise. It is also much easier and more efficient to work when everyone is using the same version with the same features. No, it really really is.
4. They’re Called Vulnerabilities for a Reason…
Let’s proceed. After we have inventoried your applications, we run a vulnerability scan which immediately tells us where we are on vulnerabilities in your environment.
Did you know that one update patch can fix even ten different vulnerabilities? And that without a functional automated update process, or highly active (and tedious) manual updating for the whole environment, you may find yourself in a situation where you have hundreds or even thousands of vulnerabilities in your system?
What? You have been there? Oh yeah, that’s right…
5. Centero Software Manager to the Rescue!
Now that we have gone through all this, we obviously want to pitch our solution to you. It’s not because we’re hungry for profits and want to just sell our product, but because we genuinely care about cyber security and safer IT environments.
Our Centero Software Manager has helped countless organizations in automating their update processes. CSM enables to standardize the process and to use test or pilot groups to ensure that every update patch is healthy and safe for everyone to install.
No matter if there are ten, twenty, or a hundred workstations in your environment, CSM makes your life a lot easier by automating update management and managing the entire lifecycle of your applications, from installation to uninstallation.
And at this point it must sound quite good to you, doesn’t it?
If you think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship with your organization and Centero Software Manager, please get in touch with our sales department!