It Can't Be Network vs Endpoint

By: Arieanna Schweber | 5/4/2015

When it comes to protecting data, you have to focus on the network…. right? Or is it the endpoint? Anton Chuvakin, a research VP at Gartner's GTP Security and Risk Management Group, recently took issue with this “apples vs oranges” scenario which posits that there is one main point of risk - network or endpoint - that organizations should focus their energy protecting, since the other side is hopeless. His article notes that security must transcend these IT silos in order to effectively protect data.

The article vents the author’s frustration with silo-based thinking, of the “network guys” vs the “system guys”, where arguments on both sides are equally true. He creates a helpful table to highlight the truth to the risks on both sides, and notes:

“People who ‘live' on the right side (let’s call them 'the network guys') know that their side is badly broken and they hope that the grass is greener on the other side – maybe the endpoint guys would block the attack. Naturally, people who 'live' on the left (let’s call them 'the system guys') know that the endpoint is infected, the user incorrigible and that the malware is pervasive, but they hope that the network guys 'got it.'"

As Anton notes, and as we have been saying for many years, “silos kill.” Network and endpoint are both at risk and security must transcend these silos in order to be successful. At Absolute, our advice is always to adopt a layered approach to data security. This holistic approach considers layered technology solutions, internal processes and user education as the foundations to protecting data.  By layering solutions, your sensitive data can be protected by a defense-in-depth strategy. Read more about how to do this here and contact us to learn how we can help.

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