As IT environments have become increasingly complex, supporting virtual, distributed, and disparate platforms, organizations must now ensure that they maintain stronger control of their endpoints. The first step to improving endpoint control is to standardize endpoint configurations and automate patch management across the entire endpoint environment. By eliminating vulnerabilities in third party applications and heterogeneous operating systems, IT risk can be effectively reduced, while endpoint operations can be improved.
With the browser fast-becoming the new corporate desktop and third party applications being the primary path used by cybercriminals to gain access to corporate network systems, the ability to effectively mitigate IT risk exposures across today's dynamic endpoint environments has become an increasing challenge. In fact, the number one security priority listed by the SANS Institute is patching "client-side software".