Today’s midmarket enterprises deal with a large number of endpoints running different operating systems and applications for numerous users with varying permissions. Managing these ever-expanding ecosystems of endpoints along with other growing complexities in the IT environment can become an outright nightmare for IT professionals if not done properly.
Challenges Modern IT Teams Face
IT Security: One of the major challenges with the growing number of endpoints is the rising costs of IT security. With new strains of malware emerging and hackers becoming more proficient in identifying vulnerabilities, securing large numbers of endpoints has become a difficult job for IT admins.
According to Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study, the average cost of a data breach per compromised record was $148 in 2018, and it took organizations 196 days, on average, to detect a breach.
Hence, security must constantly evolve to stay current with the threat landscape. The solutions used last year or the year before should be reassessed and possibly replaced to align with the current risks. These changes add a cost burden to midmarket organizations, which often are already dealing with budget constraints.
Legacy and Point Solutions: Let’s face it. Legacy systems are a pain to maintain. Midmarket enterprises constantly struggle with having the expertise and the cost to maintain them. These are also extremely vulnerable to cyber-attacks as they are incompatible with the modern patch and security technologies.
Point solutions deliver highly specific feature sets to solve a single problem or a process. While these are known to provide quick fixes, too many of these solutions can result in data silos, which gives rise to chaos, lack of interoperability, and an inability to scale with the growing business.
Compliance Requirements: Another challenge organizations face is the increasingly complex regulatory environment. Companies in industries such as healthcare and finance must comply with a large number of regulations. The latest regulation, General Data Protection Regulation Act (GDPR), which came in effect in May 2018, has data protection policies that enforce secure data storage and data privacy and is applicable to every organization that handles personal data of a citizen of the European Union. A regulatory fine of up to 4 percent of annual global turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater — is imposed for non-compliance with the GDPR.
A new approach – Unified Endpoint Management
This inability to manage complex IT environments can cause a business more harm than good, hence a more unified approach to managing IT has become the need of the hour.
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is an approach to securing and controlling all endpoints in a connected, cohesive manner from a single console. It consolidates management of all enterprise endpoints from a single source.
UEM is important for midmarket enterprises in their journey toward digital transformation. It puts an end to IT management silos, leverages automation to simplify complex IT processes, and empowers organizations to become efficient and productive.
- Centralized View: UEM provides a centralized view of every endpoint in your network. This enables you to manage and secure endpoints in an efficient manner without having to deploy multiple tools for different sets of devices.
- Consistency: Many organizations use siloed tools for different functions. UEM enables organizations to standardize configurations, applications, and tools across all endpoints. This helps reduce software licensing and maintenance costs and also provides a consistent user experience.
- Improved Security and Compliance: Having a uniform security protocol and compliance policies deployed across all endpoints makes it easier to identify and monitor any gaps that could lead to potential breaches.
UEM enables IT teams to manage endpoints efficiently and significantly reduce the costs associated with endpoint maintenance.
Kaseya enables Unified Endpoint Management
VSA by Kaseya brings you a single platform combining endpoint and network management which reduces the cost of licensing separate solutions along with the associated headaches of managing multiple vendor relationships. With VSA by Kaseya, you can deploy policy-based automation with proactive remediation to increase productivity, automate the deployment of software, manage patches, and proactively resolve issues across your complete environment with the push of a button.
To learn more about how VSA by Kaseya helps with Unified Endpoint Management, join our webinar Unified Endpoint Management — A Critical Step Toward Transforming your Enterprise on January 31, 2019, at 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST. Register here for the webinar.