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3 Challenges to Overcoming Zero Trust Adoption

By Blog, Cybersecurity, News, Press Release, Uncategorized, Zero Trust

By Ashley Leonard, Syxsense CEO and Founder

Zero trust adoption has taken center stage in recent years because it can help better secure remote workers and hybrid cloud environments and protect against ransomware threats. But as organizations continue to press forward with digital transformation and look to protect stakeholders from rising cyberattacks, not all are reaping the benefits of a fully implemented zero trust strategy. In fact, a recent survey revealed that more than one-third of organizations are not pursuing zero trust strategies, and of those that are, more than half are still in preliminary exploratory stages of adoption.

But according to Gartner, cybersecurity spending on things like zero trust will double by 2026 to $267.3 billion. Why the disconnect? According to EMA research, 41% lack the budget and funding, 32% lack the technical capabilities, 29% have no clear direction on how to begin, and 24% are concerned that it could negatively impact business operations. It’s clear that organizations need more support to overcome the struggles associated with zero trust adoption. To better understand this, let’s look at three prominent challenges organizations are facing today and how they can best overcome them to accelerate – and feel more comfortable with – their zero trust journey.

Challenge #1 – Poor Visibility Across Environments

To understand the requirements that make sense for a zero trust framework, full visibility across the environment is crucial. That means being able to see all devices, data stores, and users. This also includes an assessment of where technical capabilities are lacking. Zero trust is not just another tool for IT managers. It’s a completely different method of understanding device and network access.

To support a zero trust project, organization’s need to first understand where their limitations lie (for example, do they know which databases have high-value data, or “crown jewels”), how existing tools and infrastructure have been implemented (such as who can access critical data or high-value assets, like servers), and have a documented process in place for managing the existing tools and infrastructure. Unfortunately, asset discovery can be challenging for many organizations, which is one reason zero trust projects can appear so daunting. It’s like moving into a new house where none of the boxes are labeled. Identifying the difference between kitchen or laundry supplies is required before you can really get organized.

Challenge #2 – Zero Trust is Complex

Zero trust can be hard to implement. Consider it a mesh solution – where the point is to create a reality where users and devices gain access to information through an authentication ‘conversation’ rather than just punching in their credentials. All sorts of data points are collected and collated to build the proof of authenticity required for access to be granted. Most zero trust frameworks, for that reason, are a combination of multiple solutions brought together under a unifying toolset.

Creating the logic needed to bring each tool together in concert can be complex. For example, part of your zero trust attestation process might be to validate that a device doesn’t have any active anti-virus alerts. That is one data point to manage. You might also need to validate that the device’s connection is coming from a whitelisted geography. On top of that, you might also want to validate that the device’s patch compliance is current. Maintaining a unified zero trust solution for parsing this data can be very helpful, but it requires you to mesh multiple disparate solutions together under the roof of a single solution.

Challenge #3 – Zero Trust is Resource-Intensive

Buying a suite of zero trust solution can be resource-intensive for many organizations. Why? Because it’s often a mandate above and beyond the foundational IT and cybersecurity stack (on top of the normal day-to-day). Today, many companies are rolling out zero trust solutions. Some of them are built to be incorporated into a larger zero trust ecosystem, while others are intended to become self-sufficient ecosystems.

Depending on the scope of the advertised functionality, zero trust can either demand extensive resources or require a reasonable amount of investment. But if the initial investment is reasonable, systems administrators can anticipate doing more work throughout their adoption journey. Alternately, full suite zero trust products tend to pull a lot of resources upfront and provide a much lower burden of effort on security and operations teams to implement functionality.

Zero trust adoption continues to be a complex and challenging initiative for many organizations, especially those using legacy systems. But vendors and the larger security community are getting better at delivering new solutions, approaches, and educational information that can help streamline the process (and better show the value). The first step is for organizations to understand the complexity of a zero trust project, gain full visibility into their security environment, and commit the necessary resources and expertise to implement it (or explore it) successfully. To reach its full potential, IT and security teams will need to make the fundamental shift from a perimeter-based security approach to granular and continuous authentication processes. That’s zero trust.



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Ashley Leonard is the president and CEO of Syxsense-a global leader in Unified Security and Endpoint Management (USEM). Ashley is a technology entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, sales, marketing, and operations, providing critical leadership during the high-growth stages of well-known technology organizations. 

Ashley manages U.S., European, and Australian operations in his current role, defines corporate strategies, oversees sales and marketing, and guides product development. Ashley has worked tirelessly to build a robust, innovation-driven culture within the Syxsense team while delivering returns to investors. 

Ashley has founded several successful technology companies, including NetworkD Inc., with operations in 7 countries. NetworkD made several strategic international acquisitions and then completed a successful exit to Sparxent in 2008. In 2012 he founded Verismic Software and launched Syxsense in 2019.

Ashley serves on several boards and acts as a mentor to up-and-coming technology CEOs through his membership in the Young Presidents Organizations (YPO). He served as Orange County chair for two years. Ashley also served as Area Chair for YPO Pacific Region and was host city partnership chair for the 2020 YPO Global EDGE conference in San Diego, CA, welcoming over 3,000 of the world’s top CEOs. 

Ashley was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of The Year” and AeA’s “Outstanding Private Company CEO” Award and won the AGC Innovation CEO Award. 

Published Thursday, March 30, 2023 7:34 AM by David Marshall

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Verismic Software Launches Rebrand to Syxsense and New Product Offerings, Reinforcing its Mission to Strengthen Endpoint Security

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Verismic Software Launches Rebrand to Syxsense, Reinforcing its Mission to Strengthen Endpoint Security

The New Name, Syxsense, Expresses Company’s Focus on Protecting the Endpoint with Powerful AI-enabled Solutions That “Know All”

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (November 4, 2019) – Verismic Software, a global leader in IT- and security-management solutions, announced today a comprehensive rebranding and repositioning of its products and messaging. This major initiative makes Syxsense the world’s first IT and security-solution provider to offer patch management, vulnerability scans, and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) capabilities in a single console.

Syxsense has created innovative and intuitive technology that sees-–and knows—everything, making it able to secure every endpoint, in every location, everywhere inside and outside the network, as well as in the cloud. Artificial intelligence (AI) helps security teams predict and root out threats before they happen—and to swiftly make them disappear when they do.

“Syxsense combines the power of artificial intelligence with industry expertise to manage and secure endpoints by stopping threats before they occur and neutralizing threats when they happen,” commented Ashley Leonard, CEO of Syxsense.

“By owning an IT management tool, IT professionals can patch to reduce the risk of a problem,” Leonard continued. “By owning an EDR tool, you can monitor a breach and quarantine a device. By combining both, Syxsense allows IT and security teams to eliminate many breaches by patching, track and quarantine potential breaches, and then remediate the environment after a security event—all in real-time.”

At the heart of the rollout is Syxsense Manage, a cloud-native offering that does the heavy lifting by collecting and collating a library of patches and updates. This allows IT professionals to deploy updates with AI-driven natural language and voice control. When the need arises, users have access to dashboards, query builders, and remote-control functions that provide insight into device health, inventory, and timelines allowing IT managers to troubleshoot and diagnose issues.

Syxsense Manage, therefore, becomes the IT managers’ “endpoint everything,” allowing them to see and manage all endpoints both inside and outside the network as well as in the cloud, with coverage for all major operating systems and endpoints, including IoT devices, physical and virtual devices, and all major cloud vendors. More importantly, they can complete day-to-day tasks and updates with ease and efficiency.

The companion offering, Syxsense Secure, brings together endpoint management and security for greater efficiency and collaboration between IT management and security teams responsible for protecting businesses from cyber-attacks. It is the only cloud-native product on the market that truly combines endpoint management and endpoint security into a single unified offering. What’s more, it is tailored to the exact needs of companies that have limited resources and consolidated IT management and security functions in the same department.

Syxsense Secure includes proactive, always-on monitoring for malicious processes, automated device quarantine, real-time alerting, and live data that delivers insights in real-time to provide even greater visibility into the health of all the endpoints across your network. It is built on endpoint management technology that creates a baseline defense against known threats by ensuring devices are current with the latest software updates and security patches. This provides total visibility into the enterprise and eliminates blind spots so security managers can immediately detect anomalies that indicate an imminent or active threat.

By analyzing endpoint activity, Syxsense Secure predicts threats before they become breaches. Built on real-time, always-on endpoint monitoring, when breaches do happen, Syxsense knows how the attack entered the environment, how it spread, which data, files, and devices were impacted, and whether the threat has been neutralized in its entirety to prevent future vulnerabilities.

“Organizations are now able to combine and strengthen cybersecurity and IT management across their enterprise, enabling IT-SecOps convergence and digital transformation, improving enterprise performance while reducing the cost of cybersecurity,” concluded Leonard. “The Syxsense Endpoint Security Cloud, the overarching platform for Secure and Manage, provides multiple industry-proven capabilities in a single dashboard to simplify cybersecurity management and better protect people, businesses and assets from evolving cyber threats.”

About Syxsense

Syxsense is the leading provider of innovative, intuitive technology that sees all and knows everything about every endpoint, in every location, everywhere inside and outside the network, as well as in the cloud. It combines the power of artificial intelligence with industry expertise to manage and secure endpoints by stopping threats before they occur and neutralizing threats when they happen. The Syxsense Endpoint Security Cloud always-on technology performs in real-time so businesses can operate free of disruption from security breaches that cripple productivity and expose them to financial risk and reputational harm.

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