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Ivanti Announces Partnership with Avast Business

Ivanti, the company that automates IT and Security Operations to discover, manage, secure and service from cloud to edge, has announced its partnership with Avast Business, a global leader in digital security and privacy products. Extending the partnership which was originally established in 2019, Avast Business is incorporating the Ivanti Security Controls Advanced SDK for Ivanti OEM partners to offer patch management functionality through Avast Business CloudCare to automate and simplify the patch remediation process. This component of the Avast CloudCare layered security platform enables small businesses and managed security service providers to take advantage of enterprise-grade app protection on a budget, alongside endpoint protection, cloud backup and network security.

In a 2019 study using its Security Site Assessment tool, Avast Business found only 304 of the 500,000 devices analyzed were 100% patched — less than one percent of devices. By adding Ivanti patch management technology into Avast security products, SMBs and IT service providers have access to an easy, centralized service that automatically identifies critical patches, prioritizes their deployment, and monitors the outcome to maintain security integrity.

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“It’s never been more important for businesses to keep on top of vulnerability management,” said Filip Hlinka, vice president of SMB product management at Avast Business. “New threats are emerging every day and small and medium-sized businesses are a prime target, especially during this pandemic. With a growing remote workforce and increasing threats, businesses need to keep on top of patching security flaws, as well as have oversight of the security of all business devices. Partnering with Ivanti allows us to provide enterprise-grade technology that is tailored for the patch management needs of small to mid-size enterprises. As a key component of the Avast Business CloudCare platform, we are truly delivering all-in-one cybersecurity offering for small businesses that automates the entire vulnerability management cycle across endpoints, accelerating the ability for organizations to respond to threats and prevent data breaches.”

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The Ivanti patch catalog is one of the industry’s most comprehensive, currently securing over 180 million endpoints globally. It includes patching for Microsoft Windows and hundreds of popular vendors and products like iTunes, Oracle, Java, Adobe Flash, Reader, and more. As a result of the partnership, small and medium-sized businesses and IT service providers are able to benefit from this solution to quickly detect vulnerabilities from endpoint to data center and automatically deploy expertly pre-tested patches across hundreds of third-party applications.

“Together Ivanti and Avast Business are helping enterprises defend against modern cyberattacks, which can be costly and damaging,” said Mark Stevens, vice president of strategic alliances and OEM at Ivanti. “By integrating an industry-leading Ivanti patch management technology into the Avast Business security platforms, we have been working to help ensure SMBs can simplify their critical patch management process to prevent risk and exposure.”

The following patch management features powered by Ivanti are available through the Avast Business Management Console and CloudCare.

  • Flexible deployment schedules: IT teams can schedule and deploy approved patches at desired times on a regular basis, or manually deploy to groups or individual devices.
  • Automatic scans: IT can schedule patch scans to run automatically every 24 hours and set patches to deploy automatically on the same day each week. These default settings can be customized at any time.
  • Intuitive dashboard: This allows businesses to manage all software patches and view graphical summaries of installed, missing, or failed patches from any device.
  • Customizable patches: IT can choose software vendors, products and the severity of patches to scan and install, and easily create exclusions for applications.
  • Master agent capabilities: This enables businesses to download all missing patches to a master agent that seamlessly distributes patches to all managed devices in the network.
  • Patch scan results: Teams can view detailed results from the management platform that includes information on missing patches, severity levels, knowledge base links, release dates, descriptions, and more.
  • Advanced reporting: This helps to easily determine the health and security of device software with a variety of easily configurable reports.
  • Thousands of patches: Teams can deploy patches for Windows Operating Systems and thousands of other third-party software applications for comprehensive protection.

Ivanti patch management technology for OEM partners, marketed as Ivanti® Security Controls SDK, is provided to partners through a series of SDKs that allow rapid integration of a complete patch management solution into existing security solutions. These SDKs cover the patch management lifecycle from endpoint assessment to patch packaging to patch deployment. This allows Avast Business to deliver a full application security solution with patch content that covers Windows OS, MacOS, and Linux variants as well as thousands of third-party applications.

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