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Hakim Belousov
Hakim Belousov

Endpoint Manager Here To Modernize IT Management

As businesses modernize their operational equipment and traditional IT systems rely on operational data to optimize and improve organizational metrics, the two environments are converging. Traditional IT infrastructure can control physical assets in the operational technology domain, and this overlap allows an IT breach to target OT devices. In 2019, IBM X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services (IRIS) responded to a breach where ransomware infected an IT system and moved laterally into OT infrastructure. The attack brought plant operations to a halt and caused a ripple effect in global markets. Research also shows that threats to industrial control systems and operational technology will likely continue to grow.

Endpoint Manager Here To Modernize IT Management

On the application endpoint, an Amazon CloudFront distribution is created and used as the endpoint for end-users to access the Moodle application. CloudFront improves the performance of the application by serving the content near to where the end-users are located with low latency. The solution creates and associates an AWS Web Application Firewall (AWS WAF) web access control list (ACL) with the CloudFront distribution with Amazon IP reputation list managed rule group enabled. You can also enable additional rules as needed in this web ACL. Behind CloudFront, the Moodle application traffic is load-balanced using Application Load Balancer (ALB) and secured with encryption-in-transit with the TLS certificate stored in AWS Certificate Manager (ACM). ALB automatically distributes the incoming traffic across multiple Moodle instances. It monitors the health of its registered targets, and routes traffic only to the healthy targets. ALB scales the load balancer as the incoming traffic changes over time.

These scenarios make testing and deploying patches a critically important part of patch management. In a Microsoft-based patching scenario, there have traditionally been two tools used to manage patching:

Microsoft provides updates through their Windows Updates service to millions of devices, free of charge. As long as a device has internet access, these updates are available to install as soon as Microsoft releases them. For the IT patch management team at an organization, leveraging these updates from Microsoft can save a lot of money and time. The key for any organization that wishes to leverage Windows Updates is controlling when the updates are applied to their endpoints.

Once again, the patch management team will need to validate the deployment of the patches to make sure that nothing was adversely affected. If there are any problems with the Test or Pilot phases, administrators have the opportunity to pause the updates until they can determine what is causing problems with patching the devices. If everything appears good, the final phase can begin.

Patching servers in a data center is a little different from patching your typical workstation or endpoint so a slightly different approach is needed. Not only are uptime and server security much bigger concerns, but there are different approaches that one can take.

Would you like extra guidance or manpower to tackle endpoint projects? Would you like some extra help managing patching in your environment? If so, you can learn more here, and see if our Unified Endpoint Management Services are a good fit for your organization.

Prior to joining DISA, Dr. Chan worked as a research staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), where she provided objective analyses and strategic advice on national security issues to senior leaders in the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She managed a portfolio that included survivable, resilient, enduring, effective, and interoperable communications for national security, emergency management, and continuity of operations, as well as cybersecurity developmental test and evaluation.

Traditional PC lifecycle management (PCLM) is high-touch, expensive and does not scale to increasingly mobile and remote workers. With VMware Workspace ONE as the backbone of Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, customers can utilize unified endpoint management technology to modernize how they deploy, manage and secure their Dell devices.

Once a device is deployed, unified endpoint management capabilities from Workspace ONE make it possible for customers to move beyond traditional PCLM with cloud policy management, streamlined application delivery, automated patching and improved device health monitoring and diagnostics. Workspace ONE delivers a unified, digital workspace experience as employees can seamlessly access any native, SaaS or internal application with single sign on from any device.

This builds on other components within Unified Workspace to keep endpoints secure, such as Dell SafeGuard and Response, a comprehensive threat management portfolio of next-generation, endpoint-security solutions that combines the managed security, incident response expertise and threat behavioral analytics of Secureworks with the unified endpoint protection platform from CrowdStrike.

As the adoption of hybrid work accelerates, IT is faced with increasing complexity while balancing employee experience, identity, security, and myriad other responsibilities. Over the years, we have used UEM as a vehicle to address these arising challenges. Unified management with Workspace ONE eliminates reliance on disparate tools, which is often associated with endpoint diversity. Workspace ONE Intelligence adds monitoring, analytics, and automations for endpoints and users. Freestyle Orchestrator uses granular rules to further the automation of repetitive IT tasks, relieving manual oversight.

This post is a continuation of a blog series that highlights an easy path forward for operations teams that need to up their certificate-management game for Kubernetes. The first entry covered the tools you can use for automated certificate management. This entry deploys the Harbor container registry with an SSL endpoint to show the tools in use. The final entry, to be published soon, summarizes two alternatives that may work better with your existing certificate workflow and help improve developer velocity and production robustness.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today unveiled VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ to help organizations bring the benefits of the cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure with no disruption to their workloads or hosts. Introduced at VMworld 2021 as a technology preview known as Project Arctic, these new offerings will help customers enhance their infrastructure by providing centralized cloud-based infrastructure management, integrated Kubernetes, access to new hybrid cloud services, and a flexible subscription model.

vSphere+ and vSAN+ provide a unified infrastructure management experience for these distributed environments via the VMware Cloud Console. The console features global inventory, configuration, alerts, administration and security status for on-premises deployments. Admins will be able to perform certain operational tasks directly from the VMware Cloud Console such as managing configurations and policies across their deployments. Additionally, customers will benefit from a vastly simplified lifecycle management experience through cloud-enabled automation of updates of on-premises infrastructure components. Customers will also gain from cloud-based remediation and configuration drift capabilities, including security checks to maintain compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.

Nearly all organizations have adopted the cloud to modernize their operations, enable rapid innovation, and accelerate growth, and there are no signs of slowing down. Gartner estimates that by 2025, over 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms. But as more organizations move their critical workloads into the cloud, this has also introduced new risks. Traditional security solutions lack the capabilities to adequately respond to the risks. Organizations often react ...


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