The focus of security teams has changed drastically since the days of securing the perimeter with firewalls. The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other emerging technologies are significantly increasing the number of access points and changing the nature of endpoint management.
What does this have to do with managed security? The IDC reports that 70% of all successful breaches begin with an endpoint. When you look at the fleet of IoT devices, smartphones, tablets and website traffic all exchanging data with the client’s network, managed security providers have new things to consider.
Read on if you’d like to be of assistance to your clients as they navigate endpoint management security:
Endpoint management: Invite your clients to consider an endpoint management system that uses the Internet to deliver patches without accessing the corporate network. This allows their Internet-facing systems to be patched in a timely way, rather than having to wait until the device is in the corporate network and can be scanned for issues. A cloud-based system that offers content creation will save the IT staff time normally spent on creating patches.
It may also be beneficial to help the client choose an endpoint management solution that allows bandwidth throttling so that endpoint patching can be completed on a continual basis, rather than spending time and resources sending IT team members out to remote locations.
Look broadly at scalability: Does the client expect significant growth in the next few years? It may be a good idea to consider endpoint management that can handle a large number of endpoints using a single management server. It’s also important to understand the daily impact of such a solution on the IT budget.
Evaluate the real-time capability of endpoint management tools: Before implementation, the client should have a good idea of whether the system is able to deliver real-time, accurate reports of endpoint security. The system should also enforce corporate and regulatory compliance policy at each endpoint on a constant basis to avoid the introduction of additional vulnerabilities.
Look for integration possibilities: The client may have other cloud solutions that integrate well with its endpoint management system. Identify those that meet this requirement in order to leverage the capability to improve visibility and detection.
Managed security offers your customers a way to offload all of these security needs. At eXemplify, we equip you with the tools and resources you need to support your clients. To find out more about endpoint management and managed security, contact us.