Patch management from the cloud

In today’s IT world, devices are mobile and the Internet has become the corporate network. The result is additional challenges for IT Managers to keep devices patched and protected.

Fiberlink’s Patch Management from the Cloud Service enables IT to successfully manage and deploy security patches to all computers, including mobile computing devices connected to external wireless networks outside the enterprise. The service maintains vigilant control over patches to protect against data breaches without increasing help desk costs or compromising employee productivity.

IT managers know that all systems should have up-to-date security software and patches. In reality, inadequate patch management leaves many organizations vulnerable to infection via malware and other security breaches. Moreover, some enterprise IT policies only focus on operating system patches, overlooking popular software like Java or QuickTime.

According to a survey by the Ponemon Institute, the cost of a data breach increased to $6.75 million in 2009. Another source, the Quant Patch Management Survey, found that 50% of enterprises do not have a formal patch management process, 54% do not measure compliance with patch management policies and 68% do not track patch time-to-deployment.

MaaS360’s service tracks and pushes patches for Microsoft operating systems and applications, as well as vulnerabilities from programs such as Java, Adobe Reader and QuickTime. Using deep analysis techniques, the service ensures that patches are properly applied and that all files are current. Reporting and analytics are accessible from the MaaS360 Management Center for fast, easy access to critical patch information.

Leveraging its robust, Internet-based infrastructure, the MaaS360 Patch Management from the Cloud Service:

  • Deploys quickly and cost-effectively, since no infrastructure or large software implementation is needed.
  • Extends IT’s reach to patch both on- and off-LAN devices, protecting the device and the data that reside on it.
  • Improves visibility and control over device patch status.
  • Simplifies daily IT patching workflows – from discovery, packaging and testing through to deployment, tracking and reporting.
  • Reduces cost of patch operations.

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