Managing software for IT departments is no easy task. CEB estimates that 40% of dollars spent on it are outside of IT’s purview. This should come as no surprise to IT Directors. The availability of SaaS applications to end users, BYOD policies, and the speed with which new technology is released, makes it nearly impossible for IT departments to maintain security over Shadow IT.
CEB also noted that Shadow IT in an organization is 10 times larger than predicted, with more than 1,400 cloud services used. Per Andrew Horne at CEB London, “There’s a surprising amount being spent beyond IT and CIOs only see half of it.” The last thing the CEO wants to hear is that IT is in the dark on what software is being used across the organization.
You want the ability to oversee and control software across your client network to ensure security and compliance. But you don’t want to slow down productivity or become the bad guy, having to lock down access or constantly saying no to employee requests.
You need a solution that puts you in control, minimizes distractions for end users, and most importantly maintains ongoing data security
Automated Software Deployment
The answer lies with cloud based automation. The first element required to manage software applications is visibility. You have to know what’s in your network in order to manage it.
There are a variety of vulnerability management tools that enable you to see your entire infrastructure including the software on each server and workstation. Unfortunately, they fall short when it comes to taking action, leaving us right where we started.
The next element is the ability to act on this information across your infrastructure. This is where cloud based automation makes your life easier. By using a cloud solution, you can take action on every endpoint regardless of location. From remote employees to cloud servers, as long as the endpoint is connected to the internet, you can manage it.
The final element is the automation itself. At this point you have visibility across your entire infrastructure. You can see every endpoint its software profile. There may be missing software on some endpoints and blacklisted software on others. You can now automate the deployment, patching, and even blacklisting to ensure your environment remains secure.
Automox utilizes a lightweight agent that provides you with the ability to manage your Windows, Linux, and Mac OS’s, as well as 3rd party software, from a single dashboard, a single source of truth for endpoint protection.
With Automox’s scripting engine, you can easily deploy required software to just the devices that need it. You can also patch 3rd party software on a continuous basis, or as part of your existing workflow. Finally, you can blacklist software that you don’t want on the client network.
And since Automox checks in every night, if blacklisted software is added or required software is deleted, Automox “self heals” and either removes or reinstalls the software automatically.
Cloud based automation, like Automox, reduces the resource requirements on IT, improves your confidence in endpoint security, and decreases your attack surface.
To learn more about deploying, managing, and blacklisting software with Automox, visit us online. Or if you’d like to see it for yourself, you can try it free for 15 days. No credit card required, no endpoint limit, and full platform access.