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The advantages of SCCM-integrated vulnerability security
In the corporate setting, there’s a good chance you’re already using Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM). It’s possibly the most comprehensive, mature, and efficient way to manage all the systems across your network. And, for many administrators, it’s the nucleus of the entire IT workflow. So, when it comes to taking care of application vulnerabilities, it makes sense to look for a solution that plays nicely with SCCM – a solution like Secunia CSI.
Secunia CSI is an integrated platform that can leverage all the useful data that SCCM offers as standard, while introducing new functionality tailored to the fight against application vulnerabilities. And – most importantly of all – it can keep workflows efficient and streamlined, with first and third party patching all working the same way.
SCCM helps you see your software inventory
The first stage of proactive vulnerability security is finding out what’s happening on your network. As well as your Microsoft applications, you need to take stock of every third party application, from tools you use every day to those unexpected installations on client nodes. With its inventory collection features, SCCM does a remarkably good job of discovering all the drivers and executables that indicate the presence of an application.
But Secunia CSI takes things further. This software inventory data is then compared against Secunia’s own remote database backend. Here, the headers of files across your infrastructure are compared against thousands of known applications – helping to give you a clear view of their nature and what they do.
As a result, your inventory can be compared against Secunia’s repository of known vulnerabilities.
SCCM helps you deploy and verify patches
Once an application vulnerability has been uncovered, you need to find a quick, efficient way to deploy a patch. Microsoft SCCM and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) already do an excellent job of packaging and deploying patches for Microsoft applications.
That’s why Secunia CSI uses the same technology through its own packaging tool. By creating custom packages, you can deploy fixes in record time, remediating known vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. What’s more, Secunia CSI then uses SCCM to rescan updated applications, ensuring that patches are applied correctly.
SCCM is what you already know
Secunia CSI’s SCCM integration gives you a high quality, high performance solution, with all your updates and patches in one place – regardless of whether they’re first or third party.
But it gives you something even better. Because CSI is integrated with SCCM, you can handle most of your application vulnerability workflow from an interface you already use every day. No complicated new packaging workflow to learn. No starting from scratch with your software inventory.
Just the same old SCCM. With stunning new capabilities.
Secunia is Microsoft’s preferred partner
In the growth of Secunia CSI, the company made a smart choice to focus on integration with Microsoft’s platforms. Today, it’s the most fully-integrated vulnerability solution on the market – and Secunia is recognised by Microsoft for what it brings to the security space.
Secunia was the first Microsoft Security Alliance Partner for vulnerabilities, and remains Microsoft’s only recommended solution for third-party patching. The team works closely with Microsoft stakeholders to continually refine, develop, and improve the integration, looking for new ways to deliver the most convenient and complete vulnerability system.
Secunia and Microsoft work together. So CSI and SCCM can do the same.