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7/15/2019
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Kelly Sheridan
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Where Businesses Waste Endpoint Security Budgets

Too many systems, failure to test tools, and fear of replacement drive endpoint complexity and render products less effective.
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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
As organizations attempt to strengthen the endpoint with more security tools, their additions drive complexity. Each device has an average of 10 security agents, and the vast number of tools introduces 'virtually unlimited combinations' for how they can interact and process data, making it 'all but impossible to properly test,' Absolute's Mayfield says.
 'What we noticed as a big majority was direct competition between agents,' he explains. When an event happens on a machine, systems rush for resources. When an agent foresees the inability to access resources is a problem, it goes into malfunctioning or disabling mode. It attempts to reach resources and can't because it's being consumed by others - or 'direct agent conflict,' as Mayfield explains.
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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

As organizations attempt to strengthen the endpoint with more security tools, their additions drive complexity. Each device has an average of 10 security agents, and the vast number of tools introduces "virtually unlimited combinations" for how they can interact and process data, making it "all but impossible to properly test," Absolute's Mayfield says.

"What we noticed as a big majority was direct competition between agents," he explains. When an event happens on a machine, systems rush for resources. When an agent foresees the inability to access resources is a problem, it goes into malfunctioning or disabling mode. It attempts to reach resources and can't because it's being consumed by others or "direct agent conflict," as Mayfield explains.

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7/16/2019 | 8:04:06 AM
Buisness waste
This new term is really popular today because of circumstances
Lyngiten
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7/16/2019 | 8:03:22 AM
Buisness waste
This new term is really popular today because of circumstances
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7/15/2019 | 12:04:40 PM
Great Content on Endpoint Security
Thank you for the post as it does hit the nail on the head with what I have seen in organizations as well. There are a lot of point solutions that different teams use which creates a disconnect when it comes to securing an environment.

I think the biggest disconnect and you briefly touched on it when you mentioned tools that "remediate" is between IT and security. a lot of the tools people invest in can detect the problem, but the "remediation" is just creating a report to hand off to another group to go fix. To me, this creates holes in keeping a compliant environment when you have to wait for someone to fix the issues and get back to you when it is finished.

Actual remediation rare and I believe tools that can help connect the IT and Security sides of the house are the tools that are most valuable and worth taking the time to look into.
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