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Why Microsoft WSUS is Not Enough In 2022

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Why Microsoft WSUS is Not Enough In 2022

With just Microsoft WSUS, can you keep your network and IT infrastructure protected from unpatched software vulnerabilities?

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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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Experience the Power of Syxsense

Syxsense has created innovative and intuitive technology that sees and knows everything. Manage and secure your environment with a simple and powerful solution.

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Is There a Patching Alternative to WSUS?

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Is There a Patching Alternative to WSUS?

Still using WSUS for patch management? There might be a better strategy for efficiently protecting and managing your business.

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Still Using WSUS?

Tired of scouring through forums to figure out why WSUS isn’t installing updates? Do you keep getting errors even though you followed every step perfectly?

While WSUS is a free update tool, it is extremely limited. There is no way to track the status of your tasks, report on work done, or deploy non-Microsoft updates.

Why You Should Pay for an IT Management Solution

While WSUS might come with Windows, it is certainly not free. There are hidden expenses to consider. Looking at the number of hours wasted, and additional software needed to fully manage your environment, WSUS comes out as more expensive than any paid-for IT management software.

Spending so many resources on only updating your Windows OS is a dramatic waste of the time your IT team could spend on more critical or interesting projects.

Implementing a solution, such as Syxsense, will simplify your deployment process. From a single browser Syxsense can manage PCsMacs, and Linux devices, as well as devices inside and outside the network. You can also deploy third-party software, track task status, generate reports, and more. You can patch everything, everywhere, all from the cloud.

The Syxsense Advantage

Syxsense allows you to:

  • See your full inventory and vulnerability status
  • Prioritize and deploy patches based upon severity
  • Start patching endpoints within minutes

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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WSUS Can’t Handle This

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Microsoft Releases Fix for Patch Tuesday Blunder

When Patch Tuesday rolled out earlier this month, it came with an unexpected problem. Two updates, KB4480970 and KB4480960, created network shares accessing errors. Patch deployment strategies had to be halted and the update required removal.
Now, Microsoft has released a new update, KB4487345, that should fix the networking issues.
With the mess that this botched update created, Microsoft has shone a bright light on to the limitations of certain update software. WSUS, Microsoft’s own proprietary system, is one of the weakest available.

Deploying the previous, broken updates, along with this new fix, with WSUS would induce massive headaches. Essentially, you would be deploying your updates blindly. There is no function within WSUS to check if devices already have an update deployed. So, if you patched your Patch Tuesday updates as regular, you may have the broken updates on your systems. There is also no option to roll back updates. Uninstalling them would require an immense amount of work.
Even after you had figured out which systems had the bad updates, uninstalled them, and then deployed the fixed update, you’d still have a major problem. WSUS does not show the status of a task. There is no way to confirm within the software that an update was successful. This also means there is no evidence to prove you have executed this critical task.
There can be no more waiting in implementing a true patch management solution. Look to Syxsense.

Why choose Syxsense?
1. Detection: With Realtime security information, Syxsense displays the current state of your devices and software. This is a reflection of right now; not minutes or hours ago.
2. Roll Back Patches: Not only can you deploy updates with a strategic method, but the Patch Manager can also uninstall updates. The task can be configured to remove a specific update, or group of updates, from all devices or just a selection of them.

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3. Task Status and Reporting: Along with that Realtime data display comes accurate task status information. You can follow along as the task runs and analyze which devices succeeded or failed to implement the update. From there, our reporting section organizes vital information into easy to understand reports. These are perfect for emailing out to prove needed work has been completed effectively.

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What is Realtime Security?

Syxsense Realtime Security pulls live data from thousands of devices, direct to a web console, in seconds. By eliminating stale data, IT management and security decisions are based on what is happening right now, not in the past.

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If device scans are run at night when devices are offline, hidden behind a firewall or roaming, security and IT teams have an incomplete view of their environment. Realtime Security eliminates blind spots enabling teams to manage their environment with 100% visibility.
With no steep learning curve, Realtime Security’s simple to learn web interface leverages AI, and empowers teams with the information and skill to act instantly.
Why juggle multiple consoles for device and security management? In a single place, security and IT operations can understand their exposed security risk, patch, deploy software, stop security breaches, satisfy compliance agencies and more.

Whether organizations are looking for endpoint security or IT management capabilities, including patch management, software distribution and remote control, Realtime Security is the only cloud-based approach to security and systems management which enables 10-second endpoint visibility and control thousands of devices.
Get started with Syxsense Realtime Security and manage your entire IT environment with a simple and powerful solution.

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