Worries over network security grow as endpoints increases. Source: Shutterstock

Worries over network security grow as endpoints increases. Source: Shutterstock

Asset intelligence is key to network security in a rapidly borderless age

THE DAYS OF having a perimeter-based network within a business premise are long gone. To be more aligned with the global shift towards a borderless age, businesses are now expanding their network to enable more IT assets.

Assets like servers, printers, fax machines, internet of things (IoT) devices and many more, are essentially the endpoints of a business network.

While this signifies a turning point for various work cultures that are increasingly becoming digital, concerns over the security of networks grow.

This is because these IT assets or endpoints — though highly instrumental to enable most operational processes — can serve as entry points for threats and pathways for malware to enter a company’s central network system.

If they are compromised, it can result in data breaches, overridden systems, and ransom attacks. So, to ensure stronger, resilient and persistent network security, these endpoints must be secured as well.

One of the most progressive and effective ways of doing so is by gathering intelligence from these assets. Businesses need to have full visibility over the data that flows through from all endpoints and across the network systems.

Capturing this data, in real-time, would add intelligence on network security including possible threats, blind spots, system performance records, glitches, and more.

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and their teams can leverage the intelligence to better secure endpoints and ultimately bolster network security through tailored strategies.

Though various benefits are associated with asset intelligence, one of the most prominent one is that it can allow businesses to track and trace for compromised devices even when it is off the network system in real-time.

A consistent connection to these endpoints enables real-time data to still be captured and monitored allowing accurate tracking.

Having secured the endpoints can allow access to security teams to disable the devices at will, if deemed to be a threat.

Moreover, the real-time data collected can provide insights into the conditions and system performance rates of the devices.

If unusual data is captured, security and IT teams can instantly attend to the issues. This will not only close the security blind spots in devices but also extend the lifespan of IT assets.

Even though these assets can also include databases and other information systems, unprotected devices are among common targets of cybercriminals.

Additionally, with greater capacities of asset intelligence — embedded with intelligent machine capabilities — security teams can better expect rising threats before it even reaches the endpoints.

Nevertheless, if any damages were attained, restoration and recovery processes can be carried out immediately and effectively by the intelligent machine without the need for manual intervention.

Asset intelligence is a viable solution to businesses looking to grow operations, expand network perimeter and enable more IT assets.

As long as endpoints are defended, businesses can focus on directing efforts towards scaling capabilities effectively.