Orchestration for Patching

Fortify your defenses against cyber threats with the controlled rollout of patches

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Stay Ahead of Vulnerabilities

With technology becoming increasingly complex, cyber threats have multiplied. For this reason, a strong patching strategy is essential to stay ahead. Progress® Chef® provides patching orchestration that enables administrators to respond quickly to incidents by controlling patches’ targeting and timing dimensions. In this way, Chef orchestration not only saves time and effort but also provides more thorough and ongoing visibility and control over devices in the fleet.

What Is Patching?

Patching is the process of making updates or fixes to software or operating systems to address bugs or security issues promptly. Patching also plays an important role in keeping software updated with the latest features and enhancements. Developers often release patches to improve the usability, functionality and user experience of their products. For administrators, patching is a fundamental practice in maintaining the integrity of systems and helping prevent vulnerabilities while also optimizing performance and overall robustness of software and applications.

Benefits of Orchestrated Patch Management

Enhanced Security Posture

Orchestrating patch management helps organizations significantly reduce the impact of security incidents. The timely deployment of patches helps safeguard systems against vulnerabilities.

Increased Operational Efficiency

Orchestrating patch management workflows automates regular tasks. This frees up you and your experts from ad hoc requests and allows more time for strategic and impactful work.

Better Compliance

Orchestration allows compliance policies to be part of workflows. This means the patch management process stays better aligned with your regulatory requirements.

Rapid Response to Incidents

Orchestrated patch management enables organizations to respond quickly to threats by automating the identification and deployment of critical patches, especially in cases of known vulnerabilities.

Patching Orchestration with Chef

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Continuous Security/Compliance Posture Assessment

Chef runs continuous scans throughout your infrastructure to check for potential threats. This allows for proactive responses, in case problems arise.

Control the Change Radius and Dimensions

Control which node or group of nodes to target and use conditional instructions like “apply patch on 5 nodes at a time,” “apply on next 5 nodes only when success rate of previous batch is >80%,” etc. and have more flexibility with rollouts.

Orchestrate Cookbook Actions

The orchestration capabilities allow administrators to implement their own incident response cookbooks to initiate specific actions during incidents. These actions can be triggered based on pre-defined conditions.

Test Before You Deploy

Chef Test Kitchen allows you to test patches in controlled environments before they are deployed live. This helps indicate whether patches will interrupt business continuity.

Automated Deployment Across Targeted Nodes

Chef automates the deployment process by orchestrating the rapid rollout of patches across numerous targeted systems. Identifying impacted nodes is easier and change rollout is faster, thereby minimizing the window of vulnerability.

Try Chef for Patch Orchestration

Chef brings harmony to complex IT ecosystems that struggle with orchestration. By orchestrating patch management, Chef enables administrators to streamline processes, control deployments and improve the overall reliability of their diverse systems. Chef helps organizations minimize the chances of human error and fortifies their defences by running continuous scans and enabling an accelerated patching cycle.

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