Simplifying security

Organizations continue to suffer from data breaches at an alarming rate. And these breaches inevitably result in a spate of new government standards and regulations to mandate the protection of data. The regulatory environment is constantly changing and, given the state of the financial markets today, will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. While organizations continue to grapple with regulatory compliance, the central issue remains the security of data. If data were secured, these regulations would be unnecessary. Of course, securing data can be challenging, time-consuming and costly for IT managers. What's the answer?

With each layer of security and added solution, IT managers must control the configurations of these multiple systems and take on the cumbersome task of managing the security of each computer, each smart phone and each USB drive individually.

To ease this challenge, central management has become an essential strategy for any enterprise IT manager. Central management helps enforce consistent policies, enable compliance and, most notably, ease the administrative burden that IT and security managers often face. And, surprisingly, this all can occur while security remains transparent to the end-user.

Once these broad topics have been addressed, security managers can then put a central administration platform into place that allows for complete security and management control over all devices and users from a single place. The hassle of monitoring an environment with numerous USB drives, hundreds of laptops and thousands of smart phones can now be simplified into an easy to manage, more functional environment that allows security managers to enforce consistent rules.

The central management of security leads to process automation, operations streamlining, cost reduction for the IT department and higher productivity for end-users. While these benefits improve IT management's ease of use, it ultimately comes down to a cultural shift within the organization. Employees need to understand that their devices must be under the “control” of IT in order to be effective.

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