Tag Archives: Patch Management

10 Surefire Ways to Lose Your Sysadmin Job

I just came a across an article that I wanted to discuss. The article is titled “10 security mistakes that will get you fired” written by Roger A. Grimes. I have know too many sysadmins and IT security specialists that have committed at least one or more of these huge mistakes. I’ll cover the highlights here with a link below as well.

Mistake #1 Killing Business Functionality

Although network security is job one to a IT professional, it is not to the company you are working for. Closing down critical business information systems while trying to remediate an intrusion can find you in hot water with management. Just assume management will believe the loss of business systems will outweigh the cost ridding the system from the bad guy.s
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The latest updates from the GFI Cloud team

CloudRemoteAdministration_SQElad Schreiber, Product Manager for GFI Cloud, talks about the latest release and the addition of remote administration tools to the Monitoring feature.

Q: Tell us about the latest GFI Cloud release?

This release sees further enhancements to GFI Cloud’s Monitoring service with the introduction of a set of remote administration tools.  Command Line, Process Manager and PowerShell command line will be familiar tools for most of our customers, and by incorporating these into the GFI Cloud platform they will now be able to use these tools remotely, from the same online console as the rest of their GFI Cloud services. Continue reading

Network vulnerabilities are on the rise! Ensure your network devices are protected.

The number of reported security vulnerabilities in 2013 continued to increase compared to 2012. Vulnerabilities are on the rise constantly increasing since 2011. The high severity vulnerabilities increased by 16 percent from 2012.
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5 security mistakes SMBs make and their simple solutions


Top 5 network security mistakes & their simple solutions

IT resources in small and medium-size businesses are often limited and time savers are welcome. But some security short cuts may put your business at risk costing more than time in the long run. Here are five of the most common security mistakes SMB’s make and their simple solutions.
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Choosing the right patch management software


Choosing the right patch management software

For the small to medium size businesses fighting to grow and make a profit automating everyday IT tasks is vital.

Even in larger organizations where IT teams are small and have a lot to do proactive threat management remains a low priority. That’s where automatic vulnerability and patch management comes in. Add deep network analysis and comprehensive risk assessment to the mix and you really have something of great value.
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GFI LanGuard® Step by step guide


GFI LanGuard is a leading network security scanner and patch management solution that acts as a virtual security consultant. It gives you a complete picture of your network setup, provides risk analysis and helps you maintain a secure and compliant network with minimal effort. So how does LanGuard work?

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How to License GFI LanGuard

GFI LanGuard 2014 R2 is a network vulnerability scanner, patch management, and network auditing tool. There are currently over 1,500,000 nodes with LanGuard deployed.In this article I will answer some of the most frequent questions I receive about licensing GF LanGuard.

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A single part of GFI Cloud saves a “One Man IT Team” 10 hours per week!

Kevin Downham is the IT manager at MacDermid, a UK-based speciality chemical services firm.

The infrastructure Kevin presides over is an accurate reflection of a modern SME IT department. He single-handedly manages around 80 PCs spread primarily across two locations, with a selection of mobile remote users spread across the world.

Prior to implementing GFI Cloud, Kevin dealt with challenges that will feel familiar to anyone in a similar job role: holidays were always difficult, with nobody to take the reins and leave him undisturbed. In addition, much of his time was taken up with repetitive routine tasks – such as monitoring service uptime and deploying patches.

How GFI Cloud has helped

As Kevin says himself, “I didn’t realize how much I needed a server monitoring solution until I started to look into it.”

IT managers like Kevin know how crucial it is to keep a constant eye on the IT services that keep the business running. This kind of proactivity is a relentless and thankless task if it must be done manually; as Kevin says, “even if I was checking every 15 minutes, it still wouldn’t be enough!”

With GFI Cloud now implemented, Kevin gets an SMS alert within seven minutes of any key service failure. If a server stops “talking” to GFI Cloud, he knows almost immediately and can act on the problem. Kevin describes this functionality as “worth its weight in gold.”

However, it’s GFI Cloud’s patch management functionality that has been even more life changing.

Patch Management

Patch management can be a monumental task for IT managers who are committed to doing things properly. Patches are constantly being released for everything from core operating systems to browser plugins, and failing to apply even one can mark the start of a disastrous security breach.

Kevin estimates that prior to implementing GFI Cloud, he was spending around a third of each day on manual patch management—an amount of time that equates to over 10 hours each week.

In Kevin’s case, the geographical dispersal of users made things even more complicated thanks to time zone variations.

With GFI Cloud, all Kevin now has to do is approve the patches. GFI Cloud takes care of everything else (including the time zone differences), and Kevin has, as a result, been able to decommission his Windows Update server.

Many companies work with a “one man IT team” like Kevin. In the absence of any humans to help, these IT professionals need solutions that save time and reduce stress.

Perhaps the best benefit of all for Kevin is that he now feels that he can go on holiday, because GFI Cloud is always on duty. And with 10 extra working hours freed up each week, he now has time for more project work too.

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GFI Cloud Explained as Fast as Possible

Over the last several years GFI has been moving some of the functionality of their most popular products to the cloud. As of today there are currently 6 different subscription based services that can be purchased individually or together. The benefit to our customers include lower costs to purchase, no expensive hardware such as servers to purchase, and ease of deployment.
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A tale of two security approaches – and why you need both

Once upon a time, attacks on computers and networks were relatively simple. Our primary worry was viruses and their variants – worms, Trojans, rootkits. Their authors set out with malicious intent, to create software that can cause harm by shutting down a system or an entire network, destroying data and/or programs, or collect information and send it back to the attackers.
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