Why Microsoft WSUS is Not Enough [2021 Update]
With just Microsoft WSUS, can you keep your network and IT infrastructure protected from unpatched software vulnerabilities?
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
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
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.
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
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