Unified Endpoint Management: all your device security in one place.

Karl McDermott
On: 24 Jan 2019
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Unified Endpoint Management

“Any time, any place, anywhere” was a slogan for Martini in the ’80s. Now it’s a description of the way business is done using digital devices. Unfortunately, it also describes the nature of security risk your organisation faces as a result.

As most businesses are now device agnostic, documents may be created on laptops and viewed on smartphones. Emails may be sent from smartphones and responded to on tablets or desktops. Anyone can do any of their work on any connected device, anywhere. For the employee, work becomes more flexible. For the person in charge of IT security, work becomes more challenging.

Business data is no longer contained within one security perimeter; safe on one corporate network or in one secured data centre. With data anywhere and everywhere, the security perimeter is virtually non-existent. The challenge is to monitor, manage and secure data across numerous different systems and devices, deliver patches and updates, and maintain optimum security at all times.

One screen to do it all.

A Forrester Consulting report* states that by 2020 (next year!), 88% of organisations believe they’ll be overseeing IoT devices and 54% will adopt Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solutions. It’s hard not to draw the conclusion that the former makes the latter inevitable. The end user won’t notice a difference post-UEM, but the IT Manager will.

UEM makes it possible to manage and secure all devices, including IoT-connected devices, with one central management console. Despite the sheer scale of the challenge, it becomes easy for one person to maintain security and be confident that they are backed by the latest updates at all times.

UEM also makes it possible to further simplify device management through the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the automation of some tasks.

Robust security, faster response.

Security hacks are known as attacks for good reason. Devices must be ready to defend themselves. If the device security software is up-to-date with all the latest patches, defense is relatively simple and easily automated.

Automation with AI ensures a faster response time, which becomes increasingly critical where IoT is involved. If, for example, your self-driving car is hacked while you’re doing 120km/h in the outside lane, you don’t want to have to wait until someone reads their alert email before action is taken.

AI also enables management beyond the device. It can monitor device-user behaviour, and based on its knowledge of what is normal for any individual user, it can highlight unusual activity that may represent a security issue.

By combining UEM with AI, your business can expect to achieve more efficient endpoint management, more effective endpoint security, and greater productivity… Which is the endpoint every business wants to reach.

*Forrester Consulting Report

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