There is a simple reason why organizations have recently been exposed to many new vulnerabilities and breaches. Over the past year, organizations have changed their endpoint environment, yet they continue to manage and secure their new environments with legacy tools built for legacy environments.
What has changed in the modern endpoint environment
Historically, endpoint environments have been relatively small, static, and predictable. It was full of IT-provided endpoints that live on premises.
But over the past year, organizations have:
- It has moved from a predominantly local environment to a predominantly distributed workforce. According to Pew Research Center findings, 71% of employees continue to do most or most of their work at home, compared to just 20% before the pandemic.
- solve their surroundings. Organizations have spent more than a decade building an in-depth advocacy around the local workforce. However, this perimeter is only designed to manage and secure endpoints within its walls and becomes largely ineffective once users and their endpoints leave the office.
- Flooding their environment with new endpoints, data, and connections. After COVID-19, according to recent research from Statistica, organizations have increased the volume of frequently used devices by 11%, resulting in an increase in the volume of frequently used devices by 11%. sensitive data Stored on their devices 62% more, and 176% more collaborative apps adopted.
Despite making these major changes to their environments, many organizations continue to manage and Securing their endpoints Using old tools that were designed for their old environments – with unfortunate results.
Why you can’t apply old tools to modern environments
To be clear, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the old endpoint tools. Yesterday’s endpoint tools worked fine in yesterday’s endpoint environment.
But when these tools are applied to today’s environment, they usually fail to perform basic endpoint management and security tasks. Specifically, these tools fail on a few important points:
They cannot easily manage and secure large, sophisticated environments filled with distributed endpoints.
Most of the legacy tools are built on a centralized architecture and require dozens or hundreds of staging servers to perform simple endpoint and security management tasks. This architecture prevents them from scaling quickly along with rapidly changing networks and forces them to consume a large amount of bandwidth to inspect and apply security controls on large distributed networks. Organizations typically don’t have that bandwidth to spare, which results in gaps in visibility and low levels of compliance with simple controls.
They cannot provide the endpoint data that organizations need when they need it. Most of the older tools use centralized data collection and hardware. Every time they want to analyze endpoint data, they must first pull all that data from the network and store it in a central repository. But today’s sprawling endpoint environments produce more data than legacy tools can quickly centralize. With legacy tools, organizations can no longer collect, store, and analyze endpoint data in a usable manner, and must make endpoint management and security decisions based on limited and outdated data sets.
These tools make endpoint management and security unnecessarily complex and expensive. Most of the old tools were designed to solve one specific problem. Typically, this design forces organizations to adopt a new pip tool each time they bring a new asset type or vulnerability into their environment. These point tools don’t work well together and lead to increased complexity. A recent Ponemon Cyber Resilience study found that 63% of security teams spend more time managing their tools than they do combating threats, and 53% believe that an overload of tools worsens their security posture.
These are not small points of failure. They suggest a fundamental mismatch between ancient tools and modern environments.
The problems that old tools create
To see how this fundamental incompatibility might occur in the real world, We surveyed hundreds of tech leaders About endpoint management and security tools and how they were
performance. We learned that:
- Technology leaders own dozens of endpoint tools. Most tech leaders (70%) use 11 to 50+ tools to manage and secure their endpoints. Nearly half (46%) use more than 20 tools, and 20% use more than 30 tools. Four percent of respondents do not know how many tools they use.
- These tools are not effective. Many technology leaders are not collecting the accurate, real-time security data they need to assess and reduce risks. Participants reported that the three most challenging risk-related tasks were gaining real-time insight into data (88%), gathering data from legacy on-premises cloud infrastructure (79%), and deriving accurate data (77%).
- It’s time for new and modern endpoint tools. More than half (53%) of respondents are somewhat or very likely to rethink their point tools and integrate endpoint management and security tools in 2021. Moreover, 59% of survey respondents believe that on-premises infrastructure Their legacy poses a huge challenge for distributed endpoint management, and 62% believe IT should update these tools and move endpoint capabilities to the cloud.
- Old tools cannot manage or secure today’s new environments. They are creating problems that contribute, if not directly cause, to the increase in abuses and vulnerabilities we have seen over the past year.
Updating doesn’t have to be complicated. Technology leaders must simply replace their old endpoint tools with modern endpoint tools designed to perform management and security in today’s new environments.
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