A comprehensive IT Asset Management (ITAM) program facilitates an accurate, documented IT environment covering the organization’s assets and data along with their owners and highlighting security and risks across the network. It helps to make critical decisions regarding software and hardware purchases as well as rearrangement between various departments/office locations. It helps organizations manage their systems more effectively, save time and money in avoidable asset procurements and also make the best use of the existing ones. Many companies still find it difficult to put in place an IT asset management program that enables them to precisely account for assets throughout the organization. There is not enough attention paid to handling and monitoring IT assets even where confidential information is stored.
Need for Asset Management
Add to that the fact that in today’s world, with the advances in technology like cloud computing, virtualization, Internet of Things (IoT), concepts like bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and the ever-rising mobile threats, endpoint security becomes highly relevant in protecting your assets. Employees also log off the corporate network for long periods of time without the latest security updates and patches which expose them to advanced malware and viruses. Re-imaging devices, hardware replacements, OS re-installs, formatting of disks could all lead to critical software agents getting lost. These situations create “blind endpoints” which open up unwanted vulnerabilities to insider threats, virus attacks or other dangers adversely influencing business operations. When any device like a smartphone, laptop, etc is connected remotely to an organization’s network, the endpoint so created acts as an entry point for threats and malware which could create a security risk for your assets.
Asset Management With Seqrite EPS
Due to the blitz of change driven by business needs and technology, a dynamic and robust IT asset management control has become a tactical imperative and a success prerequisite for businesses. The need of the hour is to have a single, integrated solution that can provide fully-automated features which help you in encompassing the various processes of maintaining software/hardware inventory as well as endpoint security associated with it. Seqrite’s Endpoint Security (EPS) includes such a complete package providing complete insight into every connected endpoint for better and uniform asset regulation. It provides the ability to monitor and report the health of endpoints, highlight critical security situations including ransomware incidents, % of endpoints showing viral infection, number of endpoints unprotected or installations failed and details of vulnerabilities detected. Data Loss Prevention which is another important aspect of the overall solution is another feature of this tool to ensure that critical and sensitive data stays protected against any leakages or thefts. It can deploy the Seqrite Antivirus remotely on specified computers, groups or domains and configurable automatic updates of assets ensures that any updates to the server copy of the Seqrite Antivirus reaches all relevant assets.
With industry regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandating companies to classify and record the location and movement of any hardware or media holding confidential data, maintaining an ITAM program is crucial for businesses. It helps in the process of collection of critical documents and other information that are needed for regulatory compliance and thus saves additional costs. Seqrite’s EPS provides these enhanced features along with capturing data related to policy breaches and blocked applications along with its user details.
You can’t guarantee satisfactory security assurance all through the organization without a precise IT asset inventory to check and approve. An IT asset management program is vital in dealing with your information risks more adequately and ensuring that it is compliant with the regulatory requirements. This investment may not translate into instant returns, but as the program develops and evolves; opportunities to save effort and money and improve your organization’s security bearing will automatically open up.
With a cross-platform, comprehensive endpoint and data protection integrated solution like Seqrite EPS; your organization would be assured of ensuring control, compliance, efficacy, and accountability of your IT assets. It also ensures uninterrupted, advanced protection against malicious websites, phishing attacks and vulnerabilities with antivirus, intrusion detection and other advanced security features.