Today’s enterprise IT manager faces two major headaches: unplanned network growth and increased mobile device use. These all-too-common pain points complicate the lives of already-overwhelmed IT managers who know that a security attack can bring a lot of misery to themselves and their companies.
Successful security attacks occur at a rate of 1.8 weekly*, making the job of securing enterprise IT a daunting task. Doing the job right hardly gets you noticed by top brass, but when something goes wrong, IT managers are put under scrutiny as they drop everything to fix the problem. Of course, a security breach is when you least want to be noticed.
IT security is complicated by the unplanned ways in which networks tend to grow as companies add users, applications and hardware, open new locations, and expand existing ones. Immediate needs are addressed with little thought to long-term ramifications, so using traditional “Big IT” applications to keep track of what is running on the network, and how it is configured, simply doesn’t cut it.
Groups of employees end up using different versions of software and operating systems, and sometimes applications are deployed without IT’s knowledge. Highly distributed endpoints and off-network systems hinder accurate, real-time audits for asset management and compliance. Different security protocols and tools are implemented from one location to another, creating management and data-protection challenges.
As if that weren’t enough, today’s IT administrators face another major challenge, – the proliferation of mobile devices. End users buy smartphones and tablets, get attached to them, and bring them to the office. This IT headache, now referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) means that personal devices tap into the network, often without the knowledge of IT managers.
It all adds up to a security nightmare that would prove challenging to even the most organized of IT administrators – the very people whose necks are on the line for managing hard-to-tame networks and avoiding security disasters.
So what’s the answer? The Kaseya command & control center serves as an integrated, modular platform that leverages existing systems to enable visibility, management orchestration and reporting across the entire IT network.
Kaseya: Easing the Burden of IT Administration
The Kaseya command & control center effectively addresses the three key obstacles to successful enterprise IT security management:
1. Heterogeneous networks lack a centralized view of all IT assets, including network infrastructure and endpoints.
If you can’t see it, you can’t manage it. And, if you can’t manage it, you can’t secure it. With Kaseya, administrators don’t have to sweat it out daily to manage different silos with multiple security policies and practices. Instead, they get centralized management and visibility into the entire IT environment from a single console. From The Kaseya command & control center, administrators can audit computers without interrupting users, and manage groups of machines according to type, OS, location or some other trait that is relevant to the organization’s structure.
2. Disparate monitoring tools and Big IT applications complicate management.
The command & control center enables 24/7 monitoring and real-time IT infrastructure status. All devices, be they stationary servers and desktops or mobile devices such as notebooks, smartphones and tablets, are managed and monitored from the same place to ensure top performance and prevent security incidents. Kaseya can work with all leading antivirus and anti-malware tools, so multiple tools can be managed centrally. Administrators can keep tabs on endpoints connected to the Internet, even when disconnected from the network.
3. Lack of standardized processes and automation makes networks error-prone.
Kaseya automates the following IT tasks to ensure consistency, accuracy and compliance with internal policies and regulations:
- Security administration and policy management
- Automated policy-based scans to keep endpoint antivirus tools working properly
- Software deployment and patch management
- Automatic scans to ensure security patches, software releases and updates stay current across the enterprise
- Alerts that trigger action based on pre-set thresholds, such as server capacity limits
- Automatic remediation for missing patches and identified endpoint vulnerabilities
- Deployment of applications and patches to remote systems even when disconnected from the network.
Kaseya’s centralized management puts an end to unplanned growth and blind mobile device administration. Deploying the platform takes only a few days, bringing much-needed relief for IT managers overwhelmed by daily IT management and security tasks.
*According to “2012 Cost of Cyber Crime Study: United States Benchmark Study of U.S. Companies”, Ponemon Institute, October 2012