The endpoint is where global organizations do business. It’s also where they are most exposed. But the market is failing them. They spent an estimated $150bn on cybersecurity products and services last year. But at the same time, U.S. organizations suffered a record number of data breaches in 2021. The problem is largely due to the tools IT and security teams are forced to use — siloed, point solutions working with stale, inaccurate and incomplete data.
As Tanium’s David Mkrtchian discusses in our latest video, the key to overcoming these challenges lies within the category of Converged Endpoint Management (XEM): a single platform that provides real-time data to generate real-world impact.
Benefits of converged endpoint management
A Tanium study reveals that the average organization runs 43 discrete IT security and operations tools. This can create visibility gaps and unnecessary risk exposure. It also fails to deal with many of the underlying factors which can create cyber risk.
Take the detection and response market. Alerts are growing faster than organizations can keep up with across endpoints, networks and identity systems. According to Mkrtchian, CIOs have given up on artificial intelligence (AI) and automation as a silver bullet to correlate and triage alerts for teams. Yet many of these alerts are triggered because baseline controls like vulnerability and configuration management aren’t being applied, allowing commodity malware to make an impact.
With XEM, organizations can apply these controls, mitigate the problem of alert overload and free SecOps analysts to work on things that matter. It also supports a new spirit of collaboration among once siloed teams. As Mkrtchian says, security teams realize they’re responsible for everything that leads up to a breach, not just the incident itself.
XEM also goes way beyond Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), which historically is more confined to the operational side of IT.
“What our customers are looking for is a single control plane for every IT asset and every IT workflow, not just the workflows that are related to operations. And they’re looking for that in a platform that can scale as these workflows and as these endpoints grow in number and diversity,” Mkrtchian says.
Tanium is the only vendor that can deliver a true XEM solution because of its unique architecture, which enables even the most complex and demanding organizations to gain visibility and control of their entire endpoint environment at speed and scale. Whether that endpoint is a laptop, a ruggedized OT device, or a container, Tanium enables users to ask any question and get back a response in seconds.
That supports a range of converged solutions across IT ops, security, risk and compliance management — all from a single, unified platform. It’s the path towards reducing cost and complexity and restoring visibility, control and trust in IT decision-making.