With BYOD (bring your own device) becoming commonplace among many organizations – 87% of businesses are reliant, to an extent, on their employees’ personal devices to access work-related apps – the modern workforce uses a variety of devices to get things done.
This means desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones with different operating systems accessing the company’s network. And as more and more organizations embrace remote work to boost employee productivity and, in many cases, drive down operational costs, network security becomes an even bigger challenge for IT.
More devices equal more cybersecurity threats. But how can IT best manage a multitude of devices? How can they keep all endpoints secure without sacrificing end-user satisfaction?
This is where unified endpoint management (UEM) comes in.
What Is Unified Endpoint Management?
UEM is an IT methodology that allows enterprises to control and secure their IT infrastructure from a single, comprehensive console.
Because UEM can support various operating systems, the right solution brings to IT the balance it needs to meet the needs of all parties: keep endpoints secure, manage each device’s lifecycle, and deliver a consistent user experience across all devices.
Benefits of Unified Endpoint Management
Here are some reasons why organizations should seriously look into UEM to secure their networks:
1. Reduces Incidences of Data Breach
An integrated endpoint security system delivers more effective detection capabilities than any standalone security tool. This is because UEM combines several security technologies in one product.
For example, a network’s anti-malware system may not recognize all forms of malware, particularly the brand-new ones, but UEM may be able to detect attempts to transfer confidential data to a suspicious site through the individual detection and prevention systems it is equipped with, such as data loss prevention technology and host-based firewall.
2. Lowers Software and Labor Costs
Traditionally, IT teams operate in silos and use disparate tools to stay on top of their IT environment. UEM replaces this siloed approach with a unified system that enables IT to manage all endpoints from a single platform. This results in fewer software systems to purchase and fewer man-hours to keep the entire network running securely.
3. Easier Adoption of New Security Technologies
As is typical of security software – and other forms of software – new capabilities will be added over time, and users will need to update their systems to get the latest features.
With unified endpoint management, this means simply enabling the new feature or configuring the deployed tool to take advantage of the security upgrades, all without jeopardizing the user experience or incurring significant downtime volumes.
4. Catches Suspicious/Unwanted Activity
Network users generally do not intend for the network to be breached. But activities such as clicking suspicious links in emails or copying data in flash drives that can be stolen or lost is problematic for organizational security. UEM prevents any unintentional behavior from escalating into a full-blown threat through its various device management capabilities.
5. Increases User Productivity
When protective network safeguards are in place, employees need not worry about inadvertently infecting the network with something malicious. Additionally, they can get straight to work without worrying about access requirements or user restrictions. With fewer things to concern themselves with, they can focus their energy on getting more work done, and IT doesn’t have to spend copious amounts of time tweaking user access protocols. Also, with mobility comes flexibility. With IT’s ability to support remote work through UEM, employees can work anywhere, skyrocketing their productivity even more.
6. Better IT and Business Decisions
Endpoint visibility is one significant advantage of a UEM system. It can tell you everything you need to know about every endpoint in your network. With the information available on-demand, IT teams can perform the appropriate action to keep the infrastructure secure at the soonest possible time.
Business teams, on the other hand, can easily pinpoint cost reduction opportunities and craft comprehensive performance improvement plans.
Dynamic Computer Corporation - Your Partner in Unified Endpoint Management
Protecting your company’s assets, users, and customers from cyber-attacks is crucial, but standalone technologies no longer cut it. As IT environments become more complicated in nature, unified endpoint management becomes all the more critical for network security. With multiple detection and prevention capabilities in a single platform, managing the various endpoints in your infrastructure is a lot easier and less time-consuming with UEM.
Speak with a Dynamic UEM expert today to learn more about how we can help.