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Four Top Endpoint Protection Trends

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Four Top Endpoint Protection Trends

Endpoint protection has always been a vibrant marketplace. From the early days of intense anti-virus competition to the security package wars between McAfee, Symantec, and Trend Micro, this has never been a dull area. And as the security threat horizon continually shifts in unforeseen directions, endpoint protection has stayed in the spotlight.

Endpoint protection now takes in a wide range of tools including anti-malware, spam filtering, endpoint detection and response (EDR), patch management, data loss protection, vulnerability management, mobile threat defense, ransomware protection, and others. Some vendors offer several of these tools inside their packages; others try to provide them all.

Here are four of the top trends in endpoint protection

Smartphone and BYOD Support

The latest endpoint protection tools and platforms now offer much better smartphone and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) support than they ever did. As a result, BYOD policies have gotten stronger, enabling more efficient and streamlined workflows between mobile and enterprise applications.

Some tools, for example, make it possible to deploy apps and accounts securely to personal devices, as well as give IT some management and enablement features for end users.

Endpoint Management Meets Patch Management

IT managers are so pushed for time and so limited in resources that they don’t have time to move from screen to screen and app to app as they address the different facets of endpoint management. They need automation and efficiency. That’s why it is now possible to find patch management and endpoint protection being combined in Syxsense and other tools.

This is good news for IT. Folding patch management into device management ultimately means better security as endpoint patching no longer remains an area of neglect.

Platforms Converge

This trend of endpoint management being combined with patch management is part of a larger convergence trend within the world of IT management and security. With threats becoming so virulent ransomware forever changing the cybersecurity landscape, and threats becoming increasingly blended, it is not enough to address one area such as endpoint anti-virus or patch management of devices.

Convergence is driving the market and is leading to all-encompassing packages that bring together patch management, vulnerability scanning, remediation of threats, general IT management, and Mobile Device Management (MDM).

Such platforms are particularly needed in light of recent vulnerabilities such as PrintNightmare. To remediate this threat, IT had to conduct a series of unifying actions: patch endpoints and then remediate two separate security misconfigurations before the issue was fully resolved. IT no longer has the time to fiddle with several systems to accomplish such tasks. They want to have one automated system that takes care of all of it.

Convergence to the Nth Degree

If anything, the tendency toward convergence is accelerating. Gartner is struggling to come up with enough acronyms to cover the amount of change and convergence taking place right now. There is Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), Unified Endpoint Security (UES), and some are now coining terms such as Unified Security and Endpoint Management (USEM), which brings together the best of UEM and UES in one package.

This new class of USEM tools offers management of computers and mobile devices through an employee-centric view of endpoint devices running Windows, Google, Android, Chrome OS, Apple macOS, iPadOS, and iOS. They enable IT to apply data protection, device configuration, and usage policies that simplify endpoint management. By consolidating disparate tools and streamlining processes across devices and operating systems, deeper integration and greater protection are achieved while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of endpoint device management and security.

Syxsense Enterprise brings the best of UEM and UES together. It is the world’s first Unified Security and Endpoint Management (USEM) solution, delivering real-time vulnerability monitoring and instant remediation for every single endpoint in your environment, as well as IT management across all endpoints. This represents the future of threat prevention. Breaches can now be detected and remediated within one endpoint solution. It can scan for all vulnerabilities on any device, block communication from an infected device to the internet, isolate endpoints, and kill malicious processes before they spread. Syxsense Enterprise can automatically prioritize and deploy OS and third-party patches to all major operating systems, as well as Windows 10 feature updates. IT and security teams can use Syxsense Enterprise to collaborate on the detection and closing of attack vectors. It offers management, control, and security for any and all desktops, laptops, servers, virtual machines, and mobile devices.

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Top 4 Cybersecurity Trends for 2022

Top 4 Cybersecurity Trends for 2022

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Top 4 Cybersecurity Trends for 2021

There are a great many influences at work in the cybersecurity sector, and many security trends impacting organizations. Gartner recently listed seven key trends. But let’s narrow it down further. Here are four of the top trends at play:

Top Four Cybersecurity Trends for 2022  

There are a great many influences at work in the cybersecurity sector, and many security trends impacting organizations. Gartner recently listed seven key trends. But let’s narrow it down further. Here are four of the top trends at play:  

1. Expanded Attack Surface

Every day it seems, we hear about yet another breach, yet another zero-day vulnerability, yet another strain of ransomware. The reality is that enterprise attack surfaces are expanding. This may appear to be old news. But attack surfaces are continuing to expand, and the pace of that expansion is accelerating.

As more digitalization takes root, the Internet of Things (IoT) gains momentum, and mobility/remote platforms grow more sophisticated, it becomes tougher and tougher for IT to know what it is they are supposed to safeguard. The concept of protecting the data center and anything within the corporate firewall has been muddied by a multitude of risks. Whether it is a tighter union between IT and facility systems, a greater reliance on the cloud and open-source code, or the labyrinth that social media has become, it is harder to control enterprise assets. Thus, organizations must be more vigilant than ever and ensure their systems are fully patched so they will be able to detect anomalous behavior that may indicate a new encroachment or vulnerability.   

“Organizations worldwide are facing sophisticated ransomware, attacks on the digital supply chain and deeply embedded vulnerabilities,” said Peter Firstbrook, an analyst at Gartner. “The pandemic accelerated hybrid work and the shift to the cloud, challenging CISOs to secure an increasingly distributed enterprise – all while dealing with a shortage of skilled security staff.” 

2. Supply Chain Exposure  

Supply chains were never easy to manage. But these days, they have turned into a nightmare. The free flow of goods from manufacturers in Asia and elsewhere has been interrupted. Ships are stuck in long backlogs at ports, and truck-based freight has been delayed due to new regulations and driver shortages. The conflict in Ukraine is going to do more than send oil and gas prices soaring. Russia and Ukraine are major producers of commodities like fertilizer and wheat. Those supplies are now shut off and the food supply of many nations is going to suffer badly as a result.  

Within IT, chips, cabling, and servers are in short supply. At the same time, digitalized supply chains are under attack. The SolarWinds and Kaseya breaches highlighted the repercussions of being able to hack a provider of digital services to a large number of enterprises. Why insert malicious code in one victim at a time, when you can infiltrate the systems of a provider whose software is downloaded by a large number of sites? It’s no wonder that Gartner predicts that by 2025, 45% of organizations will experience attacks on their software supply chains.  

What is to be done? Clearly, vulnerability scanning and threat monitoring efforts must be stepped up to catch incursions and strange behavior at the earliest possible point.  

3. Identity Theft  

Just as ransomware attackers are going after providers such as SolarWinds instead of individual organizations, those engaged in identify theft have upped their game. Yes, they still are happy to catch phishing victims randomly across the organization. But what they are really after are administrative privileges and executive/finance credentials. That’s why they are targeting identity and access management (IAM) infrastructure. They might start small, gain a user login, and then sit quietly for a while they reach up higher into the hierarchy. Credential misuse, therefore, has become a primary attack channel. Multifactor authentication and the improvement of password management can help organizations reduce the chances of a high-level identity breach.  

4. Human Error  

Gartner noted that human error continues to be a factor in many data breaches. Whether through clicking on malicious links or attachments, or leaving passwords on sticky notes in employee cubicles, human error is on the rise. Comprehensive security awareness training is a key aspect of defense against such errors. By educating employees on how to avoid falling victim to phishing scams and how to protect their passwords, the frequency of incursions can be greatly reduced.  

That said, compromised credentials and human error are inevitable. That’s why an automated patch management and vulnerability scanning system is vital. By deploying software updates, plugging security holes, and regularly scanning for signs of malicious behavior, Syxsense provides an extra layer of protection against stolen credentials and the repercussions of human error. In a world where the attack surface has expanded and danger lurks across the software supply chain, Syxsense provides a way to keep systems free from ransomware and malware.  

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Syxsense Announces Support for Linux

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Syxsense Announces Support for Linux

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (October 05, 2017) – Verismic, a global leader in cloud-based IT management technology, has released a new Syxsense version featuring support for Linux Operating Systems.  This new version provides IT departments with a single interface for automating discovery, Inventory and Patching of Windows, Linux and third-party applications.

With recent high-profile IT Security incidents like Equifax, businesses need to discover and manage all their Desktops, Servers and Cloud Assets.  They also need to quickly calculate the health status of each system, identify vulnerable computers and then patch all their applications, especially third-party applications. However, heterogeneous patch management is a nightmare for IT administrators, particularly when they have to apply patches across different operating systems as well as third-party applications.

“Although Windows is predominantly used at the desktop, many organizations run Linux on their servers,” said Diane Roger, Chief Product Officer for Syxsense.

“Discovering all endpoints and then securing them from vulnerabilities while keeping them up to date is something every organization requires, but it can get complicated with multiple operating systems. Syxsense can now support those organizations within a single interface.” said Ashley Leonard, CEO for Verismic Software.

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