It seems like every time you turn around another app or piece of software is telling you it needs to be updated. What often happens is that updates get put off because they’re inconvenient, which means your network is at risk of a data breach.
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Remember that large Equifax breach just two years ago that exposed the personal information of about 147 million people? The entry point for the hackers was a piece of software that had not been updated. The security patch had come out two months prior but was never applied.
As a top Managed IT Service provider in Indiana, we often see this happen, where patches go unapplied, leaving networks vulnerable. One of the biggest reasons people give for leaving updates unapplied is that they take too much time and interrupt work. When you’re on a deadline trying to get a report finished, the last thing you want to do is have to stop what you’re doing to apply a software update.
Nearly 60% of organizations that suffered a data breach in the last two years can point to a vulnerability left unpatched as the cause.
The dilemma pits efficiency against security.
To help give companies the best of both worlds, Magnify247.com is offering Micro-Patching. It’s meant to ensure:
- Secure devices that are updated regularly; AND
- A way to update that won’t drag down your team’s productivity
Reasons to Use Micro-Patching at Your Business
You can think of Micro-Patching like a tiny little army of IT technicians watching every single process running on your computer. The moment one of these is found to have an update available, the patch is applied immediately to the process in memory, without you even noticing a thing.
Some of the key things to know about how Micro-Patching works:
- No reboots or downtime is needed for the patch to be applied
- Can fix software vulnerabilities in a variety of products, even closed source
- Can allow you to safely use a product that’s no longer supported
- Downloads patches as soon as they’re available so they’re ready to apply
- Does not replace or modify executable files
Here are some of the key advantages of moving to a Micro-Patching update process.
No Downtime or Work Stoppages
Because Micro-Patching is designed to work in the background without interrupting a process, you can keep working as you normally do and your security updates will be applied without slowing you down.
This ensures your team isn’t held up due to an update install and can stay safe and efficient at the same time.
Improves Your IT Security
The automated process Micro-Patching means that your software is being updated as soon as a patch is available, so you’re not left vulnerable waiting for employees to get around to updating their workstations.
Micro-Patching looks at multiple processes so you can be assured that even lesser-known ones are being kept properly updated with security patches.
Ability to Use No Longer Supported Products
Are you dreading the end of life date for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, coming up on January 14, 2020? With Micro-Patching you can keep on using them safely if you really want to, even after Microsoft stops issuing their security updates.
This is done through the inspection of Microsoft security advisories to identify any vulnerabilities that would impact Windows 7 or Server 2008. These are then studied, and a fix is created and sent out through Micro-Patching to the vulnerable systems (often faster than if it came from Microsoft).
Receive Fixes for Custom Software and 3rdParty Components
If you’re working with custom-designed software, you may not be getting security updates from the designer regularly. The same can be true of certain 3rdparty components that might not be from large corporations.
Micro-Patching allows you to run these without the risk that a vulnerability is going unchecked.
The Most Vital Patches Applied Faster
The speed of Micro-Patching means your devices are getting any vulnerabilities sealed as soon as there is a fix available. Your patch deployment time shrinks from months to just hours, as that tiny army is constantly keeping your system up to date.
Able to Fix Zero-Day Threats
Hackers are looking for new software vulnerabilities 24/7, and often it’s those Zero-Day threats that cause the most widespread damage because they race to infect systems before they get caught.
Micro-Patching is designed to fix these types of vulnerabilities quickly to keep you fully protected even from newly identified exploits.
Learn How to Deploy Micro-Patching at Your Office
Keeping your devices updated is vital to protection from a data breach, but it can also be a real drag on your productivity unless you have an update plan in place. Learn how Micro-Patching can keep you updated without the interruptions!
Contact Magnify247.com today at 317-565-7094 or through our contact form.