Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is great for patching. It’s the most effective way for you to manage devices across your network, enforce your policies, and apply updates in a swift, automated fashion.
So it’s only natural to think that, with Microsoft SCCM up and running, you’re covered against application vulnerabilities.
But that’s an assumption that leaves your organisation exposed.
77% of vulnerabilities affect third-party applicationsAccording to the Secunia Vulnerability Review 2015, 3,870 vulnerabilities were discovered in 2014. But these weren’t all in Microsoft products – they were spread across 500 different vendors.
In reality, 77% of the vulnerabilities uncovered in 2014 affected non-Microsoft applications. So patching first party software with SCCM only solves part of the problem.
Of course, you’ve already spent time and money implementing SCCM. It’s a familiar tool that you use regularly, but it took time to learn its nuances and start using it efficiently.
Fortunately, you can leverage this existing investment and expertise to secure third-party applications right alongside Microsoft ones.
Using SCCM to find third-party applicationsOne of the hardest – and most time consuming – parts of effective vulnerability management is achieving full visibility. Until you know the third-party applications that are used across your entire infrastructure, you can’t hope to check for vulnerabilities and patch them where appropriate.
SCCM includes a robust software inventory feature that can be used to scan for third-party applications. And when this is paired with an SCCM-integrated patch management platform, the results can form the foundation of your entire vulnerability workflow.
Secunia CSI takes data from SCCM’s software inventory and compares this against its own remote database, managed by the Secunia Research Team. Covering more than 20,000 programs, the database reconciles SCCM’s knowledge of your network with Secunia’s insight into third-party software, vulnerabilities, and patches.Bring third-party into Patch Tuesday
While Microsoft attempt to rebrand it as ‘Update Tuesday’, Patch Tuesday is a longstanding part of the IT administrator’s routine. It’s when Microsoft release new patches – or updates – for its software, fixing known security vulnerabilities.
Thanks to its SCCM and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) integration, Secunia CSI can make third-party patching a seamless part of this established routine.
So, using a familiar interface that doesn’t slow you down, you can:
- Take stock of the applications across your network
- Package patches for distribution
- Deploy patches to every instance of an application
An integrated platform for third-party patching and vulnerability scanning saves time, energy, and – as a direct result – money. So while SCCM doesn’t cover all bases out of the box, you can leverage your existing investment to keep your network defended against the entire spectrum of vulnerabilities.