Patch Management: What can it do for your organization?
Most IT experts agree, patching is one of the most important jobs your IT team can do for your company. When the proper patching is being done for your systems, you eliminate program bugs, zero-day vulnerabilities, and known threats hackers are currently exploiting.
On any given day, an IT department can receive dozens of patch advisories and system updates for the programs and devices that they run. Keeping up with this constant stream of work can be a big lift for many organizations. That’s where Integris can help. As part of our managed services programs, patching and prevention are included. Our team of expert technicians monitors your systems daily for incoming patch alerts, executes the patch, and provides all the logging and documentation that’s so critical to your IT reporting.
When your organization is on top of all its patching functions, your system will run clean and compliant. This is a critical function not just for the health of your network, but for the reputation of your company.
How to choose the right patch management software
There are many packages on the market today. Each one promises to deliver the best services and the most comprehensive solutions. How do you choose the best for your company? Consider the following features when evaluating a solution:
Patch management can be a complicated process. The best software should be easy to install, easy to understand, and as easy to navigate as possible.
In addition to applying routine updates, a good program will regularly scan your network to find any holes in the armor, repairing them as they are found.
A good package will grow to meet new cyberthreats as they arise. The package should also be able to evolve and grow as your company expands.
Lack of workflow disruption
Patch management software packages should quietly update your network without disrupting workflow or slowing your systems down.
Reliable software will give users real-time reporting on any updates and patches provided—and which issues these updates have already addressed.
The best patch management software programs will guarantee they deliver on their promises and/or offer to fix any issues that arise.
While “boxed” or automatic programs may be enough for the average home user, these aren’t sophisticated enough for most businesses. Choosing a managed IT service provider to handle your organization’s patch management needs is often a better choice for companies, as it checks all the boxes above.
Effective patching is part of a Responsible IT Architecture
There are nine tools that we use at Integris to help us ensure that the standards of a Responsible IT Architecture are met, and Effective Patching is one of them.
When you work with us, we prefer to take a holistic security approach. For us, that means employing these nine pillar tools, working in tandem, to create a complete layer of protection around your systems. Whether all those tools come from us, or they are existing tools in your network, it’s important that they are updated, up to the standards of regulators/cyber insurers, and up to the security demands of your network.
We’ll work with you to make sure your patching protocols work as intended, and provide the protection you need to keep your company safe.
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