Automation is the process of completing repetitive tasks consistently and efficiently without manual intervention. Many companies use automation tools so IT admins can create and customize scripts to complete routine and recurring endpoint maintenance tasks in less time so they can focus on strategic and higher priority projects.

Automation is frequently used for update management. It speeds, simplifies and improves the otherwise time-consuming manual process of identifying relevant patches, downloading installers, and scheduling, completing and confirming patch deployments.

Vulnerability scansalso can be automated to speed and simplify the process of detecting and prioritizing endpoint vulnerabilities and deploying relevant patches and updates. The combination of automated vulnerability scanning and patch/update deployment can significantly improve an organization’s overall cybersecurity posture and resilience.