Mobile Patch Not Up to Scratch, According to Shavlik

Nine out of 10 organisations failing to patch mobile devices for remote workers

LONDON — 13 February 2015 —

Shavlik, a global leader in simplifying the complexity of IT management and innovative security systems, today announces research highlighting that the majority of organisations (91%) are unable to cope with patching devices once users take them out of the office. As a result, organisations are leaving themselves seriously vulnerable to threats and attacks.

“With high profile hacks happening more than ever before, it’s vital that organisations are protected – and this includes when employees leave the office,” said Morten Gammelgard, sales manager EMEA, Shavlik. “Except for a few industries, workers will never become less mobile; it’s about time we stepped up to the challenge of protecting these mobile devices.”

Not only are organisations disregarding proactive protection of mobile devices at risk, but just over two-thirds (64%) of IT managers admit that they don’t truly understand how vulnerable users are to existing risks, let alone zero-day-style attacks. This is further highlighted with 37% of IT managers admitting that they still have to push patches out manually.

In addition, the research also emphasised that while organisations are more consistent in patching Microsoft systems, 66% fear that Microsoft patching options are not enough, and nearly half (49%) of IT manager worry that they haven’t adequately patched non-Microsoft systems.

“We are long past the time when it was excusable to forget about patching, but today patching represents a bare minimum baseline of security,” concludes Gammelgard. “It’s understandable that companies are struggling with mobile devices and non-Microsoft products, but with mobile working and the influx of consumer devices to the corporate network, this trend is only expected to increase over the coming years. As a result the time to get IT estates in order is now and IT managers need to start rolling out better automated patching methods for all devices as soon as possible.”

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About Shavlik

Shavlik is a pioneer in agentless endpoint patching technology, virtualization security, and third party patching for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) customers. Since 1993, Shavlik has been at the forefront of patch security, first by providing the only third-party patch management to Microsoft SCCM customers and later asserting industry leadership in the patching of virtual machines. Its products and solutions include Shavlik Protect, Shavlik Patch for Microsoft System Center, and Management Intelligence. Shavlik’s “Just Add Water and Stir” approach allows customers to get up and running in as little as thirty minutes.

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