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|A Brief Guide To Cloud-only Endpoint Management|
|Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 02:04:18 PM|
As companies in all industries continue to integrate more advanced computing technologies, the need for responsive and reliable endpoint management grows increasingly dire. Every laptop, desktop, smartphone and mobile device connected to a corporate network represents a potential attack vector for would-be hackers. This is especially true for internet of things devices, as most products lack the built-in security functions that organizations need to keep their critical IT assets and data safe. Considering there will be a projected 20.4 billion IoT devices in use by 2020, according to estimates from Gartner, itís crucial for organizations of all types to get serious about cybersecurity as soon as possible.
Of course, endpoint management is about more than just system and network security. Keeping pace with the latest software patches and OS updates can be time-consuming for IT professionals who do not have the right endpoint solutions in place. Organizations that manually administer a wide range of technologies run the risk of dropped productivity and unplanned downtime when problems arise, which is why many companies have started leveraging automated tools. That said, the best way to insulate vulnerable endpoints from authorized users and subpar performance is to integrate a unified management platform that offers enhanced visibility and control over all devices in a given network.
THE RISE OF CLOUD-BASED ENDPOINT MANAGEMENT
In the past, nearly all organizations ran their endpoint management processes locally. While this approach was certainly useful for traditional in-office environments, it has proven to be quite inefficient in the era of remote work and bring-your-own-device culture. As more personal devices enter the fold, companies have had to look for alternative IT management solutions that offer advanced features, including application whitelisting, threat intelligence, data loss prevention and more.
One of the most common innovations is the use of cloud computing technologies, as they allow IT professionals to access and administer endpoints from any secure device with an internet connection. According to research firm Canalys, cloud infrastructure spending surpassed the $80 billion mark in 2018 and is expected to reach upwards of $143 billion by 2020. To understand why cloud-based storage and endpoint management tools have become such a dominant force, itís useful to understand how they impact real-world environments.
First, itís worth mentioning that many companies have seized upon cloud technologies to help reduce their IT spending. Since remote servers handle most of the computing and data storage processes, organizations donít need to invest in expensive, high-end equipment. A survey from Gemalto found that 79% of IT professionals believe cloud computing applications and platforms are strategically important, a trend that will likely continue to pick up steam as the technology becomes even more sophisticated.
4 BENEFITS OF CLOUD-ONLY ENDPOINT MANAGEMENT
Managing endpoints solely through a cloud-based platform allows companies to keep all of their cybersecurity, compliance and maintenance processes under the same umbrella. This not only eliminates the need for multiple administration platforms, it also provides greater oversight of business-critical IT applications. Currently, the average businesses runs close to 79% of its workloads through a public and/or private cloud platform, according to a 2018 report from RightScale. No matter what system architecture an organization chooses, the benefits of cloud-based endpoint management are quite similar. Here are four key advantages every company should consider:
If youíre looking to capitalize on cloud-only endpoint management, Faronicsí Deep Freeze Cloud may be the platform youíre looking for.