Flexibility Is A Critical Component Of SysSecOps – Charles Leaver

By | January 17, 2018

Written By Charles Leaver

 

You will discover that endpoints are everywhere. The device you read this on is an endpoint, whether it’s a desktop, notebook, tablet, or phone. The HEATING AND COOLING controller for your structure is an endpoint, assuming it’s linked to a network, and the WiFi access points and the security electronic cameras too. So is the connected car. So are the Web servers, storage servers, and Active Directory site servers in the data center. So are your IaaS/PaaS services in the cloud, where you are in control of bare-metal servers, VMware virtual machines, or containers operating on Windows and/or Linux.

They’re all endpoints, and each and every one is very important to handle.

They have to be managed from the IT side (from IT administrators, who ideally have proper IT-level visibility of each connected thing like those security video cameras). That management implies making sure they’re connected to the ideal network zones or VLANs, that their software applications and setups the current version, that they’re not flooding the network with bad packets because of electrical faults etc.

Those endpoints likewise have to be managed from the security viewpoint by CISO teams. Every endpoint is a prospective front door into the business network, which indicates the devices must be locked down – no default passwords, all security patches used, no unauthorized software applications set up on the device’s ingrained web server. (Kreb’s outlines how, in 2014, hackers got into Target’s network through its HEATING AND COOLING system.).

The Operations of Systems and Security.

Systems Security Operations, or SysSecOps, brings those 2 worlds together. With the best type of SysSecOps frame of mind, and tools that support the appropriate workflows, IT and security employees get the same data and can team up together. Sure, they each have various tasks, and react in a different way to difficulty notifications, however they’re all managing the exact same endpoints, whether in the pocket, on the desk, in the energy closet, in the data center, or in the cloud.

Test Report from Ziften Zentih.

We were thrilled when the recently published Broadband-Testing report praised Zenith, Ziften’s flagship end-point security and management platform, as being ideal for this kind of scenario. To quote from the recent report, “With its Zenith platform, Ziften has a product that ticks all the SysSecOps boxes and more. Because its definition of ‘endpoints’ extends into the Data Centre (DC) and the world of virtualisation, it holds true blanket protection.”.

Broadband-Testing is an independent testing facility and service based in Andorra. They describe themselves as, “Broadband-Testing communicates with suppliers, media, investment groups and VCs, experts and consultancies alike. Checking covers all elements of networking software and hardware, from ease of use and performance, through to increasingly crucial aspects such as device power usage measurement.”

Back to versatility. With endpoints everywhere (again, on the desk, in the energy closet, in the data center, or in the cloud), a SysSecOps-based endpoint security and management system should go everywhere and do anything, at scale. Broadband-Testing composed:

“The configuration/deployment choices and architecture of Ziften Zenith allow for a really flexible deployment, on or off-premise, or hybrid. Agent implementation is simplicity itself with zero user requirements and no endpoint intrusion. Agent footprint is likewise very little, unlike numerous endpoint security solutions. Scalability also seems exceptional – the biggest customer implementation to this day is in excess of 110,000 endpoints.”

We can’t help but take pride in our product Zenith, and exactly what Broadband-Testing concluded:

“The emergence of SysSecOps – combining systems and security operations – is an unusual milestone in IT; a hype-free, sound judgment method to refocusing on how systems and security are managed inside a business.

Key to Ziften’s endpoint method in this category is overall visibility – after all, how can you protect what you cannot see or have no idea exists in the first place? With its Zenith platform, Ziften has a product that ticks all the SysSecOps boxes and more.

Implementation is basic, specifically in a cloud-based scenario as checked. Scalability also seems outstanding – the greatest customer implementation to this day remains in excess of 110,000 endpoints.

Data analysis choices are extensive with a big amount of information readily available from the Ziften console – a single view of the whole endpoint infrastructure. Any object can be analysed – e.g. Binaries, applications, systems – and, from a procedure, an action can be defined as an automatic function, such as quarantining a system in the event of a potentially harmful binary being found. Numerous reports are predefined covering all areas of analysis. Alerts may be set for any occurrence. Furthermore, Ziften supplies the principle of extensions for custom data collection, beyond the reach of most suppliers.

And with its External API functionality, endpoint data gathered by Ziften can be shared with a lot of 3rd party applications, thereby including more value to a consumer’s existing security and analytics infrastructure financial investment.

In general, Ziften has a really competitive offering in exactly what is an extremely worthy and emerging IT classification through SysSecOps that is extremely worthy of examination.”.

We hope you’ll consider an examination of Zenith, and will agree that when it comes to SysSecOps and endpoint security and management, we do tick all the boxes with the true blanket protection that both your IT and CISO groups have been searching for.

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