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Patch Management and Endpoint Security

The KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) includes robust patch management software for ensuring robust endpoint security. Automate software patch management and deploy patches from one of the largest patch libraries in the industry. Achieve peace of mind by patching and updating your Windows, Linux and Mac platforms, as well as potentially vulnerable third-party applications such as Microsoft Office, Zoom, Adobe Reader, and many more. Serving as a single source for software patch management, the KACE SMA patch management software helps reduce the complexity of your IT infrastructure because you don’t have to maintain multiple patching solutions. With the vulnerability scanning tool in KACE SMA, periodic vulnerability scans and patch assessments help you identify devices where patch management isn’t working or other vulnerabilities exist, so you can address those concerns and correct the problem in real time.

The KACE SMA patch management software automatically sends out patch updates, but the solution optionally gives end users some control over the process. You can set deadlines that define when a patch must be installed, and users can choose when their patch updates and system reboot happen so that work is not disrupted. Administrators also have a good experience, in that they can coordinate patch updates across complex and distributed user bases while maintaining visibility into the patching phases on a per-machine basis.

How it works:

Comprehensive patch management and deployment
Reduce infrastructure and resource costs by using a single patch management software solution to manage patches for heterogeneous environments. Achieve peace of mind by making sure Windows, Linux and Mac platforms, as well as potentially vulnerable third-party applications are patched and up to date (reference the patching matrix for details). Get powerful administrative capabilities including customizable and automated patch scheduling based on dynamic filtering so you can right-size your patching plan for your business. 

The Smart Labels feature in the KACE SMA patch management software allow you to classify your endpoints and updates using self-selected parameters. Device labels can include criteria such as make and model, location, operating system and other designations, and the update labels can utilize criteria such as release date, severity, classifications, vendor and more. You can combine labels when you’d like to take a specific action on widespread or granular groupings of endpoints. 
Employ remote replication for multiple worksites
Significantly reduce the network impact of large patch deployments with remote-replication capabilities. The KACE SMA patch management software enables you to designate one computer in a remote subnet to kick off Wake-On-Lan during off hours for patching and distribution.

The KACE SMA patch management data is sent once over your network to the replication share, and all other systems at that remote office can then directly pull patches from the designated remote replication share through the LAN instead of from the KACE SMA — without the need for dedicated hardware or personnel at the remote facility.
Robust, standards-based vulnerability scanning
Quickly discover vulnerabilities in your environment and identify systems that aren’t compliant with your security and configuration policies with powerful security audits performed by the KACE vulnerability scanning tool. Employ OVAL-based vulnerability scanning for all managed Windows, Mac and Linux systems. With the KACE vulnerability scanning tool, you can manage common endpoint configurations and confirm organizational compliance with easy-to-use, automated Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) scheduling and detailed reporting.
Simplify configuration management and security policy enforcement
Streamline configuration and security policy enforcement processes, such as firewall, browser and registry settings, for Windows, Mac and Linux systems by automatically deploying scripts based on specific conditions, or manually running a script based on need. Easily create scripts that target individual systems, a specific group of systems or an entire network – or use a variety of pre-built scripts. Gain the ability to set and enforce desktop configurations and manage McAfee, Symantec and other common antivirus packages.  
* OVAL is co-sponsored by the office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

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