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    We have found the scalability to be quite good.It is a very well-rounded product. It is a complete package with all the features using which we are able to manage our PCs very efficiently.
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    There is one place for a lot of different things. If somebody has a problem with their computer, they will put in a ticket. From there, we will know who it is and the assets assigned to them, because there is one place to go look for what we are talking about and with whom we are talking. Just having one place for everything is really convenient. For example, we are able to deploy software to hundreds of computers. We don't need to go to each individual device.
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    The most valuable feature of BigFix is the reporting tool and patching Windows.BigFix is easy to use.
  5. All of the features of Atera are valuable because they allow the customers to achieve their goals. It is easy to use, has good collaboration, and has zero maintenance.
  6. Among the most valuable features are its ease of use and the Worklets. Both of them are time-savers. Worklets enable us to customize things for a given environment. It's something like when Apple lets other people create applications. Other peoples' Worklets can be used in our environment and in our customers' environments. That saves a lot of time, and it's really cool.
  7. A valuable feature about this solution is that it enforces an updating and patching process for my applications.Setup is very simple and straightforward.
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  9. The most valuable piece of the puzzle for me is what they call Live Connect. It is the piece that allows you to support an end-user without having to take the keyboard and mouse.
  10. The most valuable features are device management and support for upgrading applications.The solution is a good product and I have heard that the interface is more friendly than that of Windows.

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Hello peers, Patching is considered important for improving and maintaining software security.  What are the risks associated with NOT performing regular patching on existing software? How does patch management make this process easier?
author avatarRavi Khanchandani

Software security should be addressed under three heads - Patch status, Configuration status and Vulnerability status.

Patch Compliance: ensures that "all known issues" with the software are addressed. Please do note that the software can mean - Operating system software or Application Software.

Configuration hardening: ensures that the software is configured to use "best security practices" to use the software. This may include password aging settings, password complexity settings, role-based user access, file permission settings. Please do note that even though the software has the latest patch, a weak security configuration can open doors for bad actors.

Vulnerability status: While Patching and Configuration settings may help address security issues that are of the known category, it is important to scan the software using VA tools to identify open vulnerabilities that may not have a patch or maybe a security setting workaround. 

author avatarITSecuri7cfd (IT Security Coordinator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees)
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The risk of not patching: 

-incompatibility between applications and the OS, or 3rd-party software,

-remote access/access in general to your network and ability to exploit, disrupt, steal IP, hold data hostage, or steal CCD or other compliance data (HIPAA, SOX, lab, research, etc)

-email and BEC compromise

So if you like spam or ransomware, go ahead and click on those embedded links on your unpatched PC. :)

author avatarRavi Khanchandani

Not Patching is like driving a car without a spare wheel in a jungle terrain. Regular patching safeguards you from at least the known perils.

author avatarDanny Miller

Patching is the cornerstone of cyber hygiene. Due to the sheer volume of new vulnerabilities, the only way to achieve security is by using intelligence and automation in the patching process. Thus, every organization must remediate vulnerabilities on a regular basis to safeguard from cyber threats.

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