Published on October 29, 2023, 8:44 pm

TLDR: Business leaders are recognizing that cybersecurity risk is a top business risk, not just a technology problem. Balancing investments in technology and human-centric elements is crucial in creating effective cybersecurity programs. Observability, the convergence of IT observability and cybersecurity, provides deep visibility into systems for enhanced cyber threat management. Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) allows for centralized management of computers and mobile devices. Modernizing endpoint management involves consolidating agents, enhancing productivity, and ensuring real-time security capabilities. Continuous improvement and adaptation are necessary to address emerging threats effectively. By implementing holistic strategies that combine technology and human-centric elements, organizations can better protect their systems and networks and strengthen their cyber resilience.

Business leaders are increasingly recognizing that cybersecurity risk is not just a technology problem to solve but a top business risk to manage, according to Gartner’s Sr director analyst, Richard Addiscott. In a Deloitte report, Allan Cockriel, group CIO/CISO for Shell, also highlights the shift in viewing cybersecurity as a core ingredient of business transformation.

To effectively address cybersecurity challenges, security leaders need to rethink their investments across technology and human-centric elements. Gartner emphasizes the importance of balancing these two aspects when creating and implementing cybersecurity programs.

Observability is becoming a significant trend in the cybersecurity landscape. Alvin Tan, regional vice president at Tanium, notes that organizations are realizing the need to converge IT observability and cybersecurity. By combining metrics, logs, and traces, observability provides deep visibility into systems and enhances cyber threat management.

Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is another critical aspect of cybersecurity. UEM allows for agent and agentless management of computers and mobile devices through a single console. The goal is to achieve quick boot times and enhance productivity by consolidating multiple agents into one.

The transition to remote work during the pandemic has accelerated the move towards modern endpoint management. Forrester’s “The Future of Endpoint Management” report identifies six core principles that modern endpoint management should leverage.

Real-time security is essential in today’s digital economy where instant gratification is expected. However, this desire for real-time responses increases complexity and strains existing security frameworks. Endpoints remain particularly vulnerable, with many organizations unable to accurately track them.

To address these challenges effectively, organizations need real-time visibility into assets and software libraries. They require real-time knowledge of cyber hygiene levels and rapid incident response capabilities. Real-time knowledge empowers organizations with heightened situational awareness and certainty.

CIOs/CISOs can optimize their approach by adopting unified endpoint management strategies that improve resilience post-pandemic. Modernizing endpoint management involves taking proven steps such as consolidating agents, enhancing productivity, and ensuring real-time security capabilities.

In an evolving threat landscape, it is crucial for CIOs and CISOs to stay up-to-date with the latest security solutions. Optimizing security approaches involves continuous improvement and adaptation to address emerging threats effectively.

By embracing cybersecurity as a top business risk and implementing holistic strategies that combine technology and human-centric elements, organizations can better protect their systems and networks. The convergence of IT observability, unified endpoint management, and real-time security capabilities will play a vital role in strengthening cyber resilience.

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