As your infrastructure expands like a supernova, UEM is your only option!
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solutions make it possible to intervene in all devices in your infrastructure in the same ways while providing all devices’ visibility. Sustainable management of all devices from a central console and ensuring the security of endpoints regardless of location and operating system are essential advantages of UEM. It is also more comfortable with UEM to monitor software license agreements and manage the existing endpoint inventory.
Endpoint security is an urgent issue that today’s IT professionals must face. In the past, if it were necessary to add a user to the system, the IT department would set up the new employee’s PC or laptop, connect him to the network, and install an antivirus to fend off malware. Moreover, IT staff affixed a label to the relevant hardware for inventory management and recorded the number to the list.
But today, things are a little complicated. While maintaining our communication with smartphones, tablets, and various mobile devices, we are always connected to the company headquarters on the road, in the field, in different office areas outside of our company, on campus, and in factories. Therefore, our corporate IT infrastructure is continuously expanding with newly added devices like an exploding supernova. Confusion increases as the network grow. For example, as a working method adopted by almost half of companies today, connecting employees to the company network (BYOD) with their own devices make the uncertainty and risks increase in the environment. According to a study commissioned by Quest Software, 44% of companies seem to have adopted the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and 19% of companies plan to switch to this system.
So a new approach to device management has emerged. The first step was the mobile device management (MDM). However, with the introduction of IoT devices, a more in-depth concept began to rise. Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) technologies seem determined to fill the gap in this area by managing all types of devices connected to the network, including IoT systems, whose number is to reach hundreds of thousands in the future.
The primary motivation is security
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is also the right choice for building a strong frontline against today’s increasing cyberattacks. Network security will continue to be the most critical item in the IT agendas, mainly due to the exponential increase of IoT devices every year.
The defensive line needs to be strengthened in the face of more complex and dangerous cyberattacks almost every day. The profile of the workforce is also changing. As the distributed and mobile workforce becomes widespread, organizations want to secure infrastructure visibility to protect their data and users. At this stage, Quest, which combines Unified Endpoint Management technology with the advantages of automation, lean and centralized management, responds correctly to the security concerns of IT professionals.
Why are endpoints critical?
In a business network that is continuously expanding with new devices, it is challenging to notice network and application vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are an open invitation for hackers to breach the systems. Besides, operations teams and managers may not be aware of some endpoints’ existence because these devices didn’t correctly take place in the inventory. Therefore, these invisible endpoints cannot use in any security project. However, if you cannot see all the endpoints, you cannot manage them. So, you cannot put the whole system in a security loop.
Another issue is a problem that arises during the intervention phase. You may know all your endpoints. But can you access them whenever you want? By system visibility, we mean administrators are making necessary interventions on any device at any time.
Different applications can manage various types of device groups. Still, these applications communicated to each other is a complicated process that can seriously hinder system visibility. Implementing such a range of solutions is costly and open to risks at the point of investment.
According to a study conducted by IBM and Ponemon Institute, the global average total cost of a data breach cost is 3.86 million USD in 2020. In the health sector, the average data breach cost reaches 7.13 million USD globally. The global data breach cost increased 10 percent in the last five years. The cost consists of direct and indirect items. The loss of reputation and opportunity arising from the customers gone, regulatory fines imposed by official authorities constitute indirect costs.
Beyond security with Unified Endpoint Management
As endpoints diversify, proliferate, and become dispersed across an organization, enterprises are urgently needed for centrally managed, automated Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solutions. While UEM solutions provide the visibility of all devices, they also make it possible to intervene in all devices in the environment with the same methods.
Stable management of all devices from a central console and ensuring the security of endpoints regardless of location and operating system are remarkable advantages of UEM. Also, it is more comfortable with UEM to monitor software license agreements and manage existing endpoint inventory.
UEM also checks that endpoint devices have industrial standards that comply with legal regulations mandatory for various industries. These controls are essential to avoid legal penalties for non-standard devices, and besides, they are a potential target for cyberattacks.
Where does the Quest stand in this picture?
The Quest UEM solution brings consistency to the management and protection of IT environments. KACE solutions are easy to deploy, requiring no implementation or integration expertise. An intuitive interface allows users to solve problems independently while providing a centralized dashboard that gives administrators visibility into the entire environment.
From the central console, administrators can monitor the environment, set security rules, and implement an automated patch management program that ensures endpoint vulnerabilities are always addressed on time. As already noted, patching is critical because unaddressed vulnerabilities are easy to exploit. KACE brings simplicity to the patching process, allowing a “set it and forget it” approach.
Quest UEM uniformly secures and controls desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The benefits include saving time and simplifying management across the entire IT environment, including remote locations and IoT devices. Time savings and simplicity are welcome attributes for IT and cybersecurity teams. In the Informa/Quest study, the most common benefit cited by respondents (58%) was a better device and data security by making it less time-consuming. Respondents were also looking for a consistent user experience across device types (49%) and the simplification of BYOD, mobile, and IoT management (48%).
Quest UEM delivers on all these fronts and offers peace of mind by ensuring endpoints are appropriately protected and closed off to cybercriminals. With the simplicity and uniformity of management that Quest UEM provides, the result is a more secure and better-managed environment.
With 17 years of experience in the ITSM business, BT Bilgi offers Quest UEM solutions to its customers as a Quest Partner.