Information Delayed Is Information Denied
Why Real-time Endpoint Data is Important
Business today is data-driven, with a myriad of endpoints continuously supplying new data for the enterprise to assimilate. However, as this shift to deriving insight from enterprise endpoints ranging from smartphones to servers takes place, the need for real-time data processing and management is becoming more acute.
Why? Undoubtedly, security threats and vulnerabilities first come to mind. After all, are there any major companies left that haven’t faced a security breach, with severe disruptions to their business in some cases? (Raise your hand if you are one of the unlucky consumers who’s entitled to free credit monitoring because your security data was hijacked!)
Endpoint insights can include the data intelligence that’s based on pre-processed information, such as that coming from an online analytical processing or OLAP database or ones that involve analytical processing of data. This information coming from multiple databases can be highly useful in identifying recurring patterns and optimizing operations, based on past results. The problem is that it’s not real-time information.
In an earlier blog post, The Case for Endpoint Detection and Response Tools, we discuss important considerations and evolution in the IT landscape when it comes to managing endpoints.
Many situations arising around endpoint management absolutely need real-time information. CPU, memory and disk space utilization details, details of critical installed anti-virus software, and vulnerability and compliance information are a few examples. These are especially important in this day and age of increasing high severity vulnerabilities.
Companies today need to react quickly to fast-developing security incidences and proactively guard against them with real-time information, such as real-time endpoint status, live updates and notifications, and up-to-the-minute compliance status and dashboards. Real-time information can bring about a sea change in the way IT operates, and can truly take the business operating model from being task-oriented to information-oriented. The result can mean an order of magnitude improvement in productivity, reduced risk and significantly better efficiency for IT.
Today, the axiom that information delayed is information denied is more applicable than ever. Some critical information comes with a ticking clock and IT professionals must have intelligence information at their fingertips, in real time. If you would like a more in-depth discussion of real time endpoint detection and response and plugging in security gaps, download this Accelerite Sentient white paper.