[Note: this is one of a series of blog posts inspired by the findings contained in The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Suites, Q4 2016. Forrester Wave reports are based on primary research, vendor surveys, product demos, and customer reference calls conducted by Forrester analysts. You can download the complete report here.]

Previous posts in this series explored why your network endpoints should be a prime focus of your cybersecurity efforts, and how antivirus solutions and approaches are evolving, but insufficient for true endpoint protection. This outing outlines exactly what you do need to do to protect those endpoints effectively.

What Forrester says

The Forrester Wave report states that there are three “core buyer needs” any effective endpoint security solution must address. “Before making any new purchases, consider a vendor’s ability to meet each of these needs, specifically how well they are able to:

  • “Prevent malware and exploits from executing.
  • “Detect malicious activity post-execution.
  • “Remediate and contain malicious activity and potential vulnerabilities.”

These requirements align closely with the top five Critical Security Controls identified and promulgated by the Center for Internet Security (CIS). That respected body estimates that implementing its top five controls can reduce the risk of cyberattacks by 85 percent. Those top five controls:

  1. Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices;
  2. Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software;
  3. Secure Configurations for Hardware and Software on Mobile Devices, Laptops, Workstations and Servers;
  4. Continuous Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation; and
  5. Controlled Use of Administrative Privileges.

You have to know what you have to protect it effectively, which is why accurate, up-to-date hardware and software inventories are critical to endpoint protection. Secure endpoint configurations help to prevent malware and exploit execution, as do controls over administrative privileges. And continuous assessment and rapid remediation of vulnerabilities address detection, remediation, and containment of threats that get through your initial defenses.

Achieve defense in depth with Ivanti

Ivanti IT and security management solutions include comprehensive discovery and flexible reporting features, so you know what’s in your environment, what’s authorized, and what’s not. Our solutions make it easy to develop and deploy secure endpoint configurations quickly and consistently. We’ve got the tools you need to restrict administrative privileges without hobbling user productivity. And our security management offerings deliver the visibility and controls you need to assess, remediate, and contain even the most sophisticated threats.

We call this approach “defense in depth.” You’ll call it set of strengths you need to protect your network endpoints effectively, today and tomorrow.

Download The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Suites, Q4 2016 to learn more about those three critical requirements for endpoint security. You’ll also read why Forrester found Ivanti predecessor LANDESK to be a “Strong Performer” among “The 15 Providers That Matter Most” in the endpoint security marketplace. Then, visit Ivanti online or contact your Ivanti representative. Together, we can secure your endpoints, your users, and your enterprise.

Layered security is the whole endpoint

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series: