Rethink Endpoint Management

Managing endpoints has been a daunting task always. It all started with specialized tools for Malware protection, data backup, system tuning up, policy deployment & enforcement, data leak prevention, etc. With Cloud coming into the picture the field has just opened up for some interesting things.
Security & Data Backup seems to be converging together. Traditional Antivirus/endpoint security companies are acquiring and integrating backup solutions. So we shall see the likes of Symantec, McAfee, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Eset, Sophos, Quick Heal, K7, Escan all rushing to offer backup and DLP along with security. On the other we saw a surprise rise of Acronis, essentially a data back-up company positioning itself as a “Data Security” specialist and constantly positioning itself in the “Cyber Protection” space. All the players seem to be integrating cloud as part of the game.
In hindsight, this looks natural. In the last 5 years, maximum damages have been done by Ransomware and data being held as a hostage. It has been on top of the customer’s mind and that was the kind of comfort the customer wanted. Companies like Acronis responded quickly integrating security and cloud to their reliable data backup experience and go all out. Security companies also started scouting for integration, licensing, or acquisition of data backup vendors for the integrated offering.
What has happened essentially here is that they would be eating a lot of the cloud services market as well in the process. So, do we expect cloud service providers to join the party, offering an endpoint to cover all these and integrated with the cloud?
It will be interesting to watch. I shall go for two endpoints. One offering me security/malware protection with data protection across the network. Second managing performance, energy, assets, policy audit , etc.
This should give a good endpoint management strategy.