The biggest and most confounding challenge in enforcing corporate and regulatory compliance in any organization lies at the endpoints. As corporate computer networks grow larger and more complex in a global distributed environment, corporations struggle to implement compliance standards across the board, on all remote workstations.
How well compliance standards are maintained can have a dramatic impact on the success or failure of an organization. A company that can enforce strict corporate policies and adherence to all the latest regulatory requirements will be able to protect vital information assets, keeping customer and partner confidence high, maintaining a strong brand in the market, and safeguarding trade secrets that form the backbone of its business. So, protecting information from diverse threats has become the core principal surrounding information security. To ensure business continuity, minimize damage and maximize results, corporations must protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive information that is vital to the security of their businesses, customers and partners.
Endpoint management is a necessity for any corporate IT security arsenal, but standard agent-based solutions are inherently ill-equipped to guarantee total compliance enforcement on all endpoints and servers. Because they require a client on the endpoints, the risk of malfunction or foul play is always present. The agent responsible for making sure all endpoint components are installed, updated and operational cannot be 100% reliable at all time.
In addition, agent-based endpoint management places a tremendous burden on network resources and consumes huge swaths of bandwidth in both the installation and implementation stages. Non-compliance at the endpoint level can also place a great strain on IT security personnel, who must address issues at physical workstations because the endpoint management tool failed to identify the problem. Furthermore, if workers must stop what they are doing while their workstation is being tended to, business interruptions are unavoidable.
Ideally, corporations should be able to control the management of their internal networks remotely with the visibility to identify all threats to the endpoints and with the intelligence, speed and accuracy to keep the network and business running smoothly.