Nearly 60 years after it was authored by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, Moore’s law is still relevant even beyond the world of semiconductors. You’re probably already familiar with his observation from 1965, regarding the empirical relationship of experience to gains in production. It stated that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years, while the cost of the computing device would decrease.
Adapt this thinking to our modern IT environment, and you’ll see the concept is still valid today. Consider the growth in networking and device speeds recently, including 5G, IoT and cloud technologies.
The case for modernization
The more that is possible, the more the market and users want. For IT teams, delivering more requires modernization of architecture, processes and user experience. Easing friction for the end-user is essential for many businesses built on technology. Consider Amazon: they base the success of their business model on continuing to advance the shopping, purchasing and shipping experience of their customers.
Without an IT modernization strategy, organizations can get left behind, losing their competitive edge as expectations within their marketplace change. IT modernization is based on upgrading or replacing aging software and hardware—generally anything three years old or older—with the goal of consolidating technologies and increasing automation.
The road to IT modernization
In a competitive digital environment, meeting user expectations requires a more nimble approach. Adopting these three approaches can help:
- Consolidation: Fewer tools with improved capabilities can often achieve more with less cost and management of legacy tools.
- Virtualization: This can be an excellent way to get more out of your hardware purchases.
- Cloud: Moving to SaaS-based and cloud-native solutions can reduce the software management burden on IT teams.
How complexity crept into endpoint security
As technologies advanced to support users’ needs, so did the technologies needed to secure them. Remote access, the Internet of Things, and the increasing use of smartphones and tablets for business have spread the network perimeter.
Many organizations purchased endpoint management and security point solutions to help secure these devices, and added staff to support them. The continuing rise of viruses, ransomware and other cyberattacks makes securing and managing endpoints essential. At the same time, many IT teams face a disparate endpoint security toolset that can’t keep pace and is increasingly difficult to manage.
For organizations that haven’t worked toward an IT modernization strategy, the complexity of their endpoint security may look something like this graphic:
Endpoint security modernization through consolidation
With a patchwork of point solutions, the IT team lacks full visibility into their environment and the complete endpoint protection capabilities of their solutions. This lack of visibility can lead to overspending on tools, gaps in security coverage that can increase outage times, and slow threat response that can leave endpoints vulnerable and the organization at greater risk. For organizations that take a modern approach to their endpoint security, the goal is to reduce the number of agents that must be managed. The result is a cleaner, simpler environment like the one pictured here:
With a modern endpoint and management platform solution, cleaner architecture speeds the flow of information and significantly increases the staff’s ability to take action. Your visibility across the network is improved, and the discovery of both managed and unmanaged devices is now effective. Your IT team now only needs to be trained on a single framework. This enables easier knowledge transfer and increases the time they have available for other tasks.
With the consolidation of endpoint security solutions, you can expect to:
- Reclaim underutilized assets and gain the ability to monitor and optimize software for continued reduction in unnecessary assets
- Modernize your endpoint management solution architecture and eliminate unnecessary point tools
- Reduce support costs with proactive monitoring and resolution of end-user performance issues
Moving to a robust endpoint platform solution such as the Tanium Platform also helps you maximize your resources in other ways.
This platform uses a single agent to evaluate devices for vulnerabilities, software deployment, and patch management. Any device that falls out of compliance is automatically isolated and remediated without the need for your IT team to be involved. This efficiency speeds your endpoint back to a compliant state, and the user back to work.
The future of endpoint protection
Change is inevitable, especially in the IT space. The pace at which technology and business move makes it necessary to embrace change to stay competitive and nimble. For your endpoint management strategy, this process doesn’t have to be large and burdensome. You can get started by filling gaps and bridging teams and processes. Over time, work toward replacing those legacy tools inhibiting the change your organization needs to make.
When your IT modernization strategy is ready for the next generation of endpoint management and security, you can learn more here.
You can also reach out to your Sirius representative or contact us. The experts of Sirius Security can help you explore and understand your options and make recommendations best suited for your current environment.