Integration Key to Best Endpoint Security, Aberdeen Study Finds

Companies can save an average of $80 per endpoint with this best practice

Aberdeen Group released the results of its latest research study on securing and managing endpoint systems, which includes "personal computers, workstations, laptops, notebooks and the associated applications, data, and network connectivity on which their end-users depend," Aberdeen says.  In “Endpoint Security, Endpoint Management: The Cost-Cutter’s Case for Convergence,” the researchers found that companies with the best protection and management of their endpoint systems saved an average of about $80 per endpoint (calculated over an average replacement cycle).

Although endpoint security technologies (including anti-virus/spyware, intrusion detection, and firewalls) are necessary for top-rate performance, they are not sufficient.  Aberdeen reports that the critical factor is "closer integration of endpoint security with endpoint management functions."

"Security and compliance of the endpoints, and management of the endpoints, are like peanut butter and chocolate – each good by themselves, but surprisingly good when combined together," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research fellow IT Security, Aberdeen Group. "The research shows that actively seeking opportunities to integrate these two commonly separate functions can drive both technical and financial benefits, which are especially welcome in difficult economic times."

A complimentary copy of the report (short registration is required) can be found here.

About the Author

James E. Powell is the former editorial director of Enterprise Strategies (esj.com).