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What You Missed at the Micro Focus Cybersecurity Summit 2018

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October 8, 2018 1:48 pm

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IT teams have to deal with and manage a preponderance of security-related concerns in order to ensure their employees are able to work effectively in today’s mobile-centric environment.  A significant part of that includes managing and maintaining security and compliance standards across a wide array of endpoints while enabling access to corporate applications and resources.

Last month, close to 500 customers participated in the Micro Focus Security Summit in Washington, D.C., an event designed to help them better understand the increasingly complex challenges IT teams face, and to ensure they have tools at their disposal to meet those challenges head on.

In addition to covering a broad set of topics across the entire spectrum of cybersecurity challenges today and hearing from partners that are part of the Micro Focus ecosystem, a major focus was unified endpoint management. Specifically, customers and partners received updates on the ZENworks capabilities, which simplifies the jobs of IT teams tasked with managing various endpoints across enterprises.  The ZENworks portfolio includes a host of UEM products that consolidate management into a single solution, eliminating complexity and inefficiency inherent to managing and using the many different endpoints in enterprises today. The result is increased efficiency, reduced IT costs, greater employee satisfaction, reduced risk, and better compliance across all enterprise endpoints.

Key topics discussed at the Summit included IT management automation, device lifecycle management, ensuring user productivity, and managing device and data security and compliance requirements.  Some of the sessions that highlighted the event included:

Automating IT management processes across device lifecycles with ZENworks: Present and future

This included a look at endpoint management needs and how ZENworks helps address those including an introduction to the Micro Focus Endpoint Management portfolio.  Key topics included the challenges ZENworks addresses now and its adaptability to future enterprise needs.

Managing the device lifecycle with ZENworks

IT teams often struggle with the sheer number of endpoints they need to manage, as well as having to cope with multiple OS-specific management platforms.  This leads to inefficiency and an inability to efficiently maintain devices in accordance with corporate policy, creating frustration for employees.  This session specifically discussed the Unified Endpoint Management capabilities of ZENworks Configuration Management and its identity-centric management approach that significantly simplifies management tasks while giving users the flexibility they need in their jobs.

Securing your devices and data with ZENworks

Considering the alarming frequency of devices being lost or stolen (a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds and 70 million smartphones are lost annually), along with the rate of data breach incidents (more than 1,500 in the U.S. alone in 2017), security has to be a top concern for IT.  This session considered what happens when security incidents happen, and how IT teams can best tackle security through their ZENworks implementation, which allows management all threats from a single console.  Specific topics included patch management, containerization, data encryption, VPN enforcement, and other specifics that are critical to secure an enterprise’s IT assets.

Simplifying IT processes and increasing user productivity

This session featured a case study highlighting Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare delivery systems in the nation, serving communities in 22 states with 94 hospitals and 109 continuing care locations.  The discussion focused on Trinity’s use of ZENworks Configuration Management and ZENworks Patch Management, with a particular emphasis on software distribution, secure patch management, asset management and automation of desktop migration to Windows 10, as well as touching on reporting and imaging

Part of the puzzle is having the management commitment in the form of staffing and budgets, but without the right tools, IT teams are placed in an untenable situation where they are unable to effectively manage endpoints across their enterprises, especially in light of a constantly evolving threat matrix.  If you missed the 2018 Cybersecurity Summit, you still have a chance to experience many of the discussions through the Micro Focus Digital Cybersecurity Summit. The digital event will start on October 30 and will cover much of the content that was presented live at the September event.  Don’t miss this second chance to make sure your IT staff have the information and assets to ensure your endpoint-driven business isn’t crippled from a lack of appropriate management tools.  Register for the Digital Cybersecurity Summit today.

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