“Maintaining an up to date well patched end user device environment has been a challenge for many organisations but with a modern approach it does not need to be, Sam Newman, Technical Director of OGEL IT LTD explains how.”
Companies are becoming increasingly concerned about the threats to the security of their data assets and are looking for help in ensuring they have taken appropriate steps to mitigate the risks. Some organisations are hesitant to patch or upgrade their systems, as they are so worried about the potential operational impact that they end up not doing it at all.
“We work with our customers to design an autonomous pathing cycle for their Windows estate that works for them by maximising exposure to early release issues and minimising the potential impact on business operations.”
You may have heard the term Evergreen IT, if you haven’t it’s been around for several years and the term is used to capture an approach to the provision of loosely coupled services that are designed to always be up to date. In the past IT services have been engineered around a stack of software with several layers of integration resulting in an unnecessary complex solution that can make it difficult to update or costly to replace certain elements. Adopting a stack of loosely coupled services counters this by using software and services that are self-contained and accessible via standard interfaces such as web browsers to minimise or remove the requirement for complex integration and simplifying the move to an alternate product.
The move to modern cloud services that are updated and maintained by established organisations largely removes the decision to upgrade out of the consumers hands which can be worrying but helps ensure exposure to new vulnerabilities are minimised across back end systems. This however does not resolve the same issue with client operating systems and associated software packages as these are not typical treated a self-continued and have dependencies across multiple systems.
Windows 10 and Office 365 click to run goes a long way to extending this evergreen IT model out to the desktop and with the right implementation and operational procedures can create a secure and easily maintained environment. Microsoft Office 365 delivers several well-known services via both a browser and through client installed applications and handles all the back-end management of Exchange, SharePoint and file services and so customers don’t have to. Windows 10 and the office client are designed to be automatically updated on a regular basis and will adopt this approach by default.