Sentry Update: Understanding Need
Software vulnerabilities are among the most harmful of all security threats because they increase exposure to malicious attacks. Hackers specifically target them due to their potential for exploitation.
Successful attacks allow access to the device, the network, or both. Before we see how Sentry Update makes patch management simple, let’s dive deeper into need assessment.
The Reality of Unnecessary Risk
Here’s an alarming statistic: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns that up to 85% of targeted attacks are preventable by following simple security precautions. Their most common recommendation? Keep system software updated with the latest security patches.
Unfortunately, a large percentage of businesses are failing miserably. The proof? Over 70% of businesses continue to leave themselves open to attacks by failing to keep software updated.
It is important to choose your IT provider wisely. The ability to provide a proactive maintenance plan that streamlines system updates is, in our eyes, a basic requirement.
The Problem with Manual Updates
Threats are increasing exponentially in number and variety. At the same time, ensuring every device has the latest patches from key software vendors installed has become increasingly tedious, time-consuming and impractical.
Leaving it up to each end-user to keep the system updated provides multiple issues.
- It places management of an essential security process on the end-user, or employee. Minimizing threat exposure is one of the key pillars of our security model. One of the biggest ways we do that is by taking control of these key processes and placing them in the proper hands.
- As we reported in a recent blog post, limiting end-users to standard user accounts is essential to any comprehensive security plan. Administrative privileges are required to install program and system updates. Granting that type of power to your employees is the first ingredient in a recipe for disaster.
And as the time taken between exploit discovery and the release of a patch continues to reduce, any solution requiring manual deployment on individual machines, one at a time, becomes futile.
The Simplicity of an Automated Solution
Sentry Business Solutions is built on a layered security model, designed for maximum threat detection and minimum threat exposure. Sentry Update is a critical element of our security stack. Driven by a powerful patch engine, Sentry is able to handle 75% of updates without technicians needing to lift a fever. Any failed updates are able to be manually installed from the dashboard, across as many servers and workstations as we need– all at the same time.
Totally Managed by IT Professionals
Just like all of our Sentry Business Solutions, Sentry Update places the responsibility of a critical security process on our staff. Sentry’s automated update engine checks regularly for recent patches and reports back to our dashboard (see image above).
A Comprehensive Patch Solution
Sentry Update provides an effective and efficient patch solution. Because they are found in most business environments, priority is placed on Microsoft Windows and Office applications.
But we don’t stop there. Sentry controls updates for critical non-Microsoft applications such as Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Google Chrome and Java as well.
A typical workstation may require as much as 20 – 30MB of Microsoft Windows patches alone in any given month. If there are a large number of workstations at a location, then a server can be designated as the Sentry Patch Center for that network.
Once enabled, patch installation files are downloaded and cached, ensuring that each patch is downloaded only once, reducing external network traffic. All other systems receive patches from the Patch Center.
Ease of Implementation
Sentry’s dashboard allows a single technician to manage and oversee the security management of multiple servers and hundreds of workstations. We completely control patch management workflow, and our techs can:
- install patches on individual devices or across multiple systems,
- remotely deploy patches on-demand,
- configure the update engine to install patches during scheduled downtime, and
- configure approval policies to determine action to take when identifying and remediating missing patches.
Sentry Business: Your No-Risk 30-Day Trial
Sentry Business Solutions makes sense out of security, delivering business networks, workstations and servers a comprehensive set of software tools focused on delivering maximum threat protection and minimal exposure.
Come see how the pros do it, with a no-risk, try-before-you-buy, 30-day test drive.
Pricing starts at under $1/day per workstation and less than $3/day per server.
Sentry Agent carries out the essential tasks of automated reporting and alerting that can be configured to respond to any event.
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