Overview

Avoid the obvious attacks with Software Updater

Keeping software up-to-date is one of the most important components of computer and business security. Over 80% of all vulnerabilities are in 3rd party software.

It can be very time consuming keeping up with new security updates, while also having to test and deploy them.  The more applications that are in use, the more time will be spent monitoring these.

This means, that you are typically only willing to monitor the first few major applications and wind up forgetting the rest. To make matters worse, once everything is patched, you’ll need to start the process all over again the next day when new security updates are available.

You can make this demanding task much easier with F-Secure’s Software Updater. It offers you a unique way to easily and automatically deploy security updates for 3rd party software. You can avoid unnecessary gaps in your protection with the automatic protection it gives against known threats.

Since Software Updater is integrated in F-Secure security software, it offers you best detection, automatic updates and integrated management for an affordable package price.

Easy updates according to your needs

Software Updater scans the computer for missing software updates and keeps 3rd party applications patched from vulnerabilities and up-to-date.

It offers unique, automatic deployment of security updates with the possibility of exclusions and manual deployment. It handles the installation of missing updates and offers patch management not just for Windows but also for 3rd party products.

The integrated management makes sure you do not need a separate infrastructure.

 

Software Updater complements F-Secure’s overall service portfolio

Software Updater together with the award-winning protection rate of our products offers you the best protection in the market.

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Technical Details

Automated patch management

As an administrator, you might not have visibility to all 3rd party software that is installed on managed endpoints unless very strict user account restrictions are in use.

It is also very time consuming to keep up with what security updates are available and to find, test and deploy them. And the more of different software is in use, the more time this all takes.

This means that, typically, you are capable of monitoring the updates for just a few major software, leaving the rest to a blind spot. To make it worse, once everything is patched, the next day you need to start the process again when new security updates are available.

What is Software Updater?

F-Secure’s Software Updater scans and reports missing updates for 3rd party software and deploys security updates automatically. This includes Microsoft updates for the operating system and MS applications, in addition to a comprehensive list of 3rd party applications, such as Adobe Flash, Java, OpenOffice, archive managers, media players, image viewers and so on, which are common and prone to vulnerabilities. 1)

Software Updater periodically downloads the definition files including information about software updates, their versions, security bulletin IDs, links to knowledgebase articles, locations of installation packages, etc. Then it compares these to what software is installed and identifies missing updates.

Administrator can define exclusions for the automatic mode2) based on software names or bulletin IDs and they can be filtered out from Console interface to avoid clutter.

A clear, easy-to-use reporting portal allows the administrators to drill down into the details and manage the solution.

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1) Policy Manager for Linux does not support Software Updater, and there are no plans for it to be covered.

2) Exlusions not available in Protection Service for Business yet

Threat Landscape

Making sense of threats for SMBs

The world of data security is complex and moving fast. Most companies have too much to do and too much variety on their plates to maintain a specialist’s knowledge of security. But with malware like Stuxnet and Flame in the news almost every day, we’ve received questions from several different kinds of organizations about how their businesses and data are at risk.

Cyberwar, hacktivism, DDoS attacks. They are all over the news, but they only affect multinationals and governments – right? F-Secure’s Tapio Koskinen makes sense of the threat landscape for businesses.

“Organizations want to know how their businesses and data are at risk”

Tapio Koskinen, Product Management Director 

There’s no single “kind” of threat, but an entire landscape

One of the most abstract things for businesses is to understand which cases make for great media stories and which represent a real danger to SMBs. How do you know what attacks are most likely to affect your business?

What in fact affects SMBs most is not any single “kind” of threat, but the changing, ever-present threat of cybercrime. This is something that can’t be pinned down to individual elements like “viruses” or “spam”, and it certainly isn’t documented thoroughly in the media. The business of cybercrime is as rich and complex as any other – and each individual “threat” is created by a different party, bought and sold and intertwined with many other elements. The result is a complex engine with many different forms – but one clear purpose, to steal data and money.

“The purpose is clear; to steal your data and money”

Dmitry Viktorov, Lead Architect

Vulnerability exploits: Even trustworthy sources can wreak havoc

Perhaps the preferred way for attackers to gain access to a computer is through vulnerability exploitation. This is simply the art of finding a security hole in any software and using that as a way to infect the machine. The most common culprit? Old, unpatched software. “Your software is like the front door to your PC”, says Tornikoski

“Out-of-date software is a wide-open door for all kinds of attacks, especially from harmless places.” Examples like banner ads – which run on sites such as newspapers that most people inherently trust – are specifically designed to take advantage of plugins like Java and Flash. They seek out any possible way to infect the machine, and install malware that steals data, turns it into a bot, or just locks it up and holds it for ransom.

Standard malware protection is not enough. For proper security, businesses need to keep their software up-to-date. Better yet, they need a product that keeps their software current for them.

“Your software is like the front door to your PC”