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Automation | March 2, 2022
Securely Manage Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) Using BigFix
Since ATMs run Windows and Linux operating systems, BigFix can manage and control ATMs just like any other endpoint.
Automation | January 21, 2020
Major US Bank Implements BigFix to Fulfill Regulator Requirements
Overview The US Federal Government levied a substantial fine on a leading US Bank because they were not satisfied with the Bank’s patch process and reporting. The Bank uses several, disparate, patching tools including Microsoft SCCM and Tanium; regulators insisted the Bank have a unified reporting solution to confirm operating systems and business applications were fully patched and compliant. As a result, BigFix was successfully implemented to: Identify available patches Identify endpoints that are noncompliant and in need of patching. Additionally, the Bank contracted with HCL to monitor over 150 third-party applications and to build BigFix Fixlets™ as patches or updates are released for those applications. This issue illustrates an area that is consistently overlooked and not discussed:  validation. What does validation mean? One definition is “the action of checking or proving the validity or accuracy of something.” In terms of systems management, validation is the act of verifying that actions were taken and performed as expected. As is evident with the increasing frequency of data breach announcements, timely and accurate patch management grows ever more critical.  However, there needs to be an equally critical discussion about the importance of patch validation. Do you know how your current patch solution validates that a patch was properly installed? Does it check an exit code from the Windows Update Agent, or does it just scan the registry to see if the patch Knowledge Base (KB) number is listed? What happens if the patch KB is listed as installed; but not properly deployed and installed? When this happens, a false sense of security results and security risk increases dramatically. BigFix Patch Deployment BigFix Patch does not rely on other tools to validate that patches are properly installed.  In fact, BigFix Patch does not rely on any other software to deploy patches. Let’s walk...
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