Patching is now the most important cyberhygiene measure you can take to secure your IT infrastructure. Time and again, unpatched software is exploited to breach the network, spread malware, and execute attacks. With the onset of remote work, detecting and deploying missing patches are now more difficult than ever.
Today, business leaders want all their IT operations to be fast, efficient and support growing business needs. Legacy on-premise patching solutions have been the primary endpoint hardening tools for so many years. It’s now time to retire them and strengthen your patch management with a cloud-based tool to support the current needs.
Cloud-based patch management tools have plenty of benefits. Here are five main reasons why you should switch from an on-premise to a cloud tool:
1. Saves IT resources and lightens the load
Many organizations hire teams of 5-10 IT professionals for all patching and system hardening tasks. A cloud-based patching tool minimizes your IT teams’ efforts, cost, and time on patching. With a lighter workload, patching teams can operate smoothly and flex their boundaries only when necessary.
2. Fits in the new remote IT management
A cloud-based solution to patching is so much easier for IT teams to roll out patches on their globally distributed endpoints remotely. Cloud ensures 24 x 7 availability and does not require specific devices with admin privileges. Whether a device is within the corporate network or outside doesn’t matter. You can just focus on the process without worrying about the location.
3. Improves visibility and patch detection
Continuous patch scanning is a major challenge in on-premise solutions. Cloud-based tools have the ability to automatically run continuous patch scans and detect missing patches immediately. When it comes to patching, time to deployment plays an important role in reducing security risk scores. The faster you detect a missing patch, the better are the chances to prevent a potential exploit.
4. Runs on minimum maintenance and support
Unlike on-premise solutions, which need dedicated servers, specific infrastructure, and ongoing maintenance, cloud-based patch management tools don’t require any specific maintenance. All product updates are performed automatically by vendors, keeping you out of the mess of keeping the tool up-to-date. Cloud-based tools run on any beat-up machine and don’t consume excessive CPU and RAM.
5. Integrates well with cloud-based security stack
With the entire security stack moving to the cloud, taking patch management along makes sense. After all, patching is almost on the same level as threat response tools when it comes to routine checks and stringent planning. Moving patch management to the cloud will be an important strategic move in your endpoint security program. It gives you better accessibility, detailed analyses, and faster detection and deployment.
Patching from the cloud, the SanerNow PM way
is a cloud-based tool to automate your entire patching process for all predominant software tools in your inventory. Starting from continuous patch scans, detection, prioritization, download, testing, and scheduled deployment, the entire patch cycle can be automated according to your needs.
SanerNow supports patching for multiple versions of Windows, Mac, and Linux OSs. It also supports patching for 200+ third-party apps, system configuration patches, and firmware. Do you want to see how slick patching can be in your environment? Just with us, we’ll show you how it works.
Have you thought about what else you need in a patching tool?
A cloud-based console is an important need for a patching tool, but it’s not the only requirement. You can narrow down the criteria for a robust and reliable patching tool and make the right choice by reading the eBook “12 Things to Look for in a Reliable Patch Management Tool”. Get your free copy and start evaluating.