Adobe recently posted an announcement that urged all users to drop whatever they’re doing and update their Flash® Players—immediately. This especially applies to those who visit Google® Chrome™ and Internet Explorer®. They further punctuated this warning by mentioning a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely overtake users’ computers. Their announcement included a patch that updates computers to the latest version of Flash and forestalls users from essentially handing their computers over to cyber criminals.
Adobe’s agility in notifying Flash users everywhere about the vulnerability likely prevented many from laying out the Welcome mat for attackers. Still, it’s important to note that this is not a one-off scenario. These vulnerabilities occur over and over—often in rapid succession, leaving users and system administrators scrambling for the latest upgrade or some sort of protection from lurking attackers.
Unless your IT department is fully equipped with a patch management tool, this all-too-frequent vulnerability and subsequent upgrade is not a quick fix. Envision a poor system administrator walking the halls of a multi-story business building with over 1000 computers laboriously updating Flash one workstation at a time. With that visual in mind, now imagine how many more patches the administrator has needed to install to ward off the hundreds of other vulnerabilities that occur on a regular basis.
The best way to stay on top of the multitude of security risks, patches, and updates, is with a tool that does all this for you—automatically. SolarWinds Patch Manager is an affordable, easy-to-use patch management tool that handles all of your 3rd-party patches on thousands of servers and workstations. It also gives you an at-a-glance view of all your patch statuses. You can see the latest available patches, top 10 missing patches in your environment, and a general-health overview of your environment based on which patches have been applied—all without leaving your workstation.
Security risks and IT infrastructure vulnerabilities are not going away—neither are the attackers that exploit these vulnerabilities. You need to summon reinforcements to ensure that all your servers and workstations are up-to-date and security-risk free. Patch Manager is a good ally in your efforts to avoid becoming a target for attackers.