Make sure your patch management protects your assets
Companies and businesses across the globe are getting wise to BYOD (bring your own device) type office settings, which require employees to cover all their own technology costs. By and large, employees are happy to use their own equipment. However, companies must be able to secure their infrastructure from infiltrations such as hackers, spammers and viruses. Using mobile device management and patch management software, designed to fix problems with, or update a computer program or its supporting data, businesses are able to stay mobile and modern, while protecting their assets. A successful patch management process is a critical part of the network, no matter how many systems are being maintained.
Patch management includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, and improving the usability or performance. Though meant to fix problems, poorly designed patches can sometimes introduce new problems. In some special cases updates may knowingly break the functionality, for instance, by removing components for which the update provider is no longer licensed or disabling a device. Mobile device management software secures, monitors, manages mobile devices, and functionality typically includes over air distribution of applications, data and configuration settings for all types of mobile devices, including mobile phones, iPhone management and iPhone security, tablets, mobile printers, mobile POS devices and more.
This applies to both company owned and employee owned BYOD devices across the enterprise or mobile devices owned by consumers. Mobile devices and applications are flooding the market, making mobile monitoring of utmost importance. Numerous vendors help mobile device manufacturers, content portals and developers, test and monitor the delivery of their mobile content, applications and services. Testing content in real time helps detect and correct bugs in the applications with patch management.
When using mobile device management, consider all third party apps. Major patches should help more than just the operating system. Always test the patches before using them. Once a patch is deployed, have a set of test servers and workstations and establish regular maintenance windows for mobile device management and patching.