This paper provides a strategic view of Endpoint Security Management, addressing the complexities caused by malware’s continuing evolution, device sprawl, and mobility/BYOD. The paper focuses on periodic controls that fall under good endpoint hygiene (such as patch and configuration management) and ongoing controls (such as device control and file integrity monitoring) to detect unauthorized activity and prevent it from completing. The crux of our findings involve use of an endpoint security management platform to aggregate the capabilities of these individual controls, providing policy and enforcement leverage to decrease cost of ownership, and increasing the value of endpoint security management.

This excerpt says it all:

This excerpt says it all:

Keeping track of 10,000+ of anything is a management nightmare. With ongoing compliance oversight and evolving security attacks against vulnerable endpoint devices, getting a handle on managing endpoints becomes more important every day. We will not sugarcoat things. Attackers are getting better – and our technologies, processes, and personnel have not kept pace. It is increasingly hard to keep devices protected, so you need to take a different and more creative view of defensive tactics, while ensuring you execute flawlessly – because even the slightest opening provides opportunity for attackers.

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