So how can we patch non-Microsoft applications?
Patching Windows, Office and the rest of the Microsoft stack of software is not exactly easy but is covered by a number of tools such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Configuration Manager (SCCM/MECM) and Intune. In fact, with Intune the ability to keep Windows 10 and Office 365 up to date and report on patch compliance has been simplified to less than ten steps for each product!
But what about other products such as Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, WinZip and Mozilla Firefox? Some of these products receive very frequent updates to patch newly discovered vulnerabilities and turning on automatic updates within the product takes the control away from the IT administrator.
There are products that can help, and it is always possible to manually patch the products on each individual machine. Can you be sure that you are deploying the correct patch, and that it will not break your machines? Many vendors offer a bespoke update catalogue, containing tested and certified patches for a large number of products. The integration of this update catalogue into your patching workflow can be achieved in a number of ways. No one wants a time-consuming process, or a complicated infrastructure to maintain. But what is the best solution? Can this be automated? Will it require additional servers?
eacs can talk you through the options. Whether you are already using Configuration Manager, or you are on a journey towards a cloud-based device management product, eacs can find the optimum solution for your IT organisation. For more information or to talk with one of our specialists, contact eacs by either emailing email@example.com or calling 0800 8047 256.