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Managing all non-Microsoft updates with Microsoft System Center 2012

Take charge of your patching

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Watch Kent Agerlund’s webinar: “Managing 3rd Party Updates with Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager”

This is a must webinar! Get the chance to gain some of the knowledge from MMS 2013, as well as get your questions answered by Kent Agerlund from Coretech, a Microsoft Configuration Manager MVP.

During this 45 minute webinar, Kent Agerlund from Coretech, a Microsoft Configuration Manager MVP will provide you with tips and tricks to solve the daily challenges around patching your environment with Microsoft and non-Microsoft updates.

You will learn how to design and configure a software update solution that will be easy to manage, yet powerful enough to maintain your server and desktop environment.

Kent Agerlund also goes through how you can patch 3rd party applications in SCCM and shares key learning's on how to manage common challenges in this area.

About Kent Agerlund

Configuration Manager MVP. Microsoft Certified Trainer and Senior Consultant. Kent has been working with SMS since 1997 and as a trainer / consultant since 1992. In addition, he is Co-founder of System Center User Group Denmark in 2009.

Member of: Microsoft Denmark System Center Partner Expert Team , The Danish Technet Influencers program , System Center Influencers Program.

Learn more about Kent Agerlund and Coretech here

Certified MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, MCSA + Messaging, MCT and Technology Specialist in Configuration Manager, MDOP and Windows 2008 R2 and much more.

Manage all your security updates - including the non-Microsoft ones - from one console.

Patch directly from Microsoft System Center 2012 with Secunia

System Center Configuration Manager is more than just software inventory

A common perception about Microsoft System Center 2012 is that it is just a systems management product that provides an overview of your software inventory – a useful tool but not very exciting. However, it is much more than that. Did you know that you can also patch non-Microsoft programs as well as your Microsoft suite directly from System Center 2012? By having access to it you actually have a powerful and effective tool at your disposal. You just need to unleash its potential.

The non-Microsoft program threat

The number of vulnerabilities found in the most popular programs has increased by 98% over the last 5 years. An interesting shift is that Microsoft programs are no longer the prime target for cybercriminals. Non-Microsoft programs have caught the attention of hackers; 86% of the vulnerabilities discovered in the 50 most popular programs in in 2012 were discovered in non-Microsoft products.

Read more: Secunia Vulnerability Review 2013

What do you patch today?

Deploying software updates may sound straightforward but how do you actually know when you are missing a patch?

A typical business software portfolio comprises various layers of programs:

  • Programs identified as business-critical
  • Other programs that you know about
  • A large portion of non-Microsoft programs that you do not know about

Effectively, you may only be focusing on patching the programs perceived by your organization to be business-critical (e.g. Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Oracle Java JRE SE); believing that you are handling the largest portion of risk.

Microsoft System Center 2012 and Secunia CSI

The Secunia Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) helps you get on top of all your patching:

The CSI is a complete patch management solution that is not only integrated with System Center Configuration Manager; it also completes the missing links in its Software Update Management and Asset Intelligence capabilities.

Specifically, the Secunia SC2012 Plugin which is designed for integration with Microsoft System Center 2012, provides access to vulnerability intelligence and streamlines the entire patch management process, directly from one console. There is no need to install an additional agent in your infrastructure. The result: increased visibility of what threatens your organization.




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