Why Microsoft WSUS is Not Enough In 2022

Why Microsoft WSUS is Not Enough In 2022

What’s Better than WSUS?

You may already have Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in your IT environment for deploying Microsoft product updates to your Windows workstations. However, have you thought about patching non-Microsoft software that you run on your enterprise computers?

These non-Microsoft software products, such as Oracle, Java, and Adobe Reader, may expose your corporate environment to vulnerability exploits when left unpatched.

Manage Microsoft, Linux, Mac, and Third-Party Applications

Syxsense is a powerful solution for deploying, managing, and reporting on MicrosoftMacLinux and third-party patches on tens of thousands of workstations and servers across your enterprise.

# Features Microsoft WSUS Syxsense
1 Patching Microsoft Software Updates Yes Yes
2 Patching Non-Microsoft third-party Software Updates No Yes – See an industry-leading library of supported third-party products.
3 Visibility into Application Inventory Limited Hardware Inventory; No Software Inventory Yes – Microsoft & other third-party applications, hardware inventory, disk space & other metrics. Inventory history to compare devices state change within time.
4 On-Demand Patching No Yes
5 Reporting Visibility into Patched and Unpatched Systems and Software Limited Yes – HIPAA, SOX, & PCI Reports offer both executive summary and detailed information about the vulnerability status of your environment. No programming necessary.
6 Filtered Views No Yes
7 Scheduled Approvals No Yes
8 Notification of Failed Updates Limited – Does not provide information on why the update failed Yes – Provides information in both reports, dashboards offering a quick path to redeploy.
9 Patch Scheduling Limited – Basic patch scheduling such as choosing a particular hour of the day, and optionally a single day of the week, with the hope the target machine is actually powered on at that time Yes – Push patches at discrete times to accommodate different time zones and network impacts of patching large numbers of endpoints.  Set maintenance windows to automatically maintain a fully patched, secure status.
10 Wake-on LAN for booting target systems for patch management No Yes
11 Third-Party Pre-Built & Tested Packages No Yes – For many common applications
12 Custom Package Creation No Wizard-driven – Package Creation Wizard for complex before and after deployment scenarios
13 Client Health Diagnosis & Remediation No Yes – Device Health
14 Device Quarantine No Yes – It allows isolating potentially vulnerable devices from the network to check and remediate any issues without creating a threat for other endpoints
18 Device Discovery Yes. Yet, discovery takes a lot of time, as endpoint check-in to the WSUS server after a defined interval. Yes – Syxsense shows the system state in real-time, so new devices are discovered immediately.
21 Remote Control Yes – However, the process defers depending on the Windows version, so you have to figure out how to organize remote control every time Yes – And the process is simple and intuitive
23 Detection Logic and Default Patch Supersedence No. WSUS does not automatically decline superseded updates in favor of the new, superseding update. Yes. Patch supersedence is completed by default, so you don’t have to research which updates are required.
25 Software Distribution No Yes
26 Visual Drag-and-Drop Interface For Complex IT Workflows Automation No Yes – An intuitive no-code interface allows you to create and schedule complex workflows in just a few minutes


Why Syxsense?

Syxsense maximizes your investment in security and allows you to patch all endpoints with more visibility, control, and reporting from the simplicity of a single, centralized, intuitive interface.

Syxsense gives you key management capabilities that help you simplify the entire patch management process from patch notification, to import/synchronization, publishing, approvals, deployment, scheduling, reboots, and more.

Patch Management

WSUS lacks the ability to patch applications outside of Microsoft products. It also struggles to effectively schedule patches and report on patch status, superseding patches, inventory, and its history.

Additionally, WSUS leverages stale data. With the time between the discovery of a vulnerability and the emergence of an exploit decreasing, threats require immediate responses. Besides, with WSUS, it’s impossible to quarantine the device until the problems with it are solved.

The Syxsense Advantage

Syxsense allows you to:

  • See your full inventory and vulnerability status
  • Prioritize and deploy patches based upon severity, and manage superseding patches effectively
  • Start patching endpoints within minutes
  • Automate complex IT workflows with intuitive no-code interface
  • Discover new devices entering your network in real-time
  • Quarantine the devices that pose a threat to the entire network
  • Distribute software across all the endpoints within maintenance windows

Syxsense Manage and Syxsense Secure can easily resolve vulnerabilities across your entire environment. Find peace of mind by trusting your Syxsense and set up a free trial today.

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