Why is endpoint management vital to an effective security strategy?

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Why is endpoint management vital to an effective security strategy?

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For businesses, endpoints remain an important attack surface to harden for a few reasons:

  • Ubiquity: Large companies have hundreds of thousands of endpoints dispersed across hundreds or thousands of locations. The risk is enormous because nearly all endpoints are connected to the internet.

  • Diversity: A typical enterprise has thousands of applications in their global catalog, each endpoint can have a unique combination of applications, and the apps' configuration and usage can vary between machines.

  • Exploitability: Attackers place most of their efforts on exploiting endpoints.

  • Uncontrollability: End users can be trained – but not controlled; most malware still comes from an old-fashioned phishing ploy.

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Dr. Deepak Kumar is the founder and chief technology officer at Adaptiva. He is responsible for strategic product direction and leads the development organization. He was the lead program manager with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server 2003 team and program manager with the Windows NT Networking team. Prior to Microsoft, he was a group manager for IP Telephony products at Nortel. Dr. Kumar has received five patents related to his work on SMS 2003 at Microsoft and has written more than 50 publications, including a book on Windows programming. While at Microsoft, Dr. Kumar also authored the Think Week paper for Bill Gates that became Project Greenwich, now known as Microsoft Office Communications Server/Lync. Deepak is an avid outdoorsman and hiker. For more information, please visit www.adaptiva.com and follow the company on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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