Ivanti Extends Alliance with Qualys to Automate Mac Endpoints
Ivanti and Qualys this week introduced they’ve prolonged their alliance to now embody a cloud-based patch administration service for each MacOS and greater than 70 third-party functions.
Nayaki Nayyar, govt vice chairman and chief product officer for Ivanti, stated the 2 firms have already got an alliance in place to handle patch administration on Home windows techniques. Each choices make the most of a Qualys Cloud Agent by way of which Qualys is driving the convergence of the administration of IT and cybersecurity.
Curiosity in driving that convergence is clearly rising within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, stated Nayyar. Now that each finish customers and IT groups are working from dwelling extra recurrently, there’s a necessity for extra environment friendly approaches to managing and securing extremely distributed IT environments, she famous.
The alliance with Qualys additionally extends the attain of Ivanti Neurons, an automation framework that permits IT groups to automate patch updates utilizing bots developed by Ivanti or, conversely, allow finish customers to self-service patch updates on their very own, added Nayyar. Ivanti claims early adopters of Ivanti Neurons have lowered unplanned outages by as much as 63%, lowered time to deploy safety updates by 88% and resolved as much as 80% of endpoint points earlier than customers reported them.
Ivanti additionally makes accessible a portal together with a pure language processing (NLP) engine by way of which IT groups can collect real-time intelligence on, for instance, asset stock and safety configurations.
IT organizations typically have been sluggish to embrace automation regardless that most of them have been discovering it troublesome to rent and retain seasoned cybersecurity professionals. Nevertheless, the financial downturn introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic is more likely to power that concern. Ivanti and Qualys collectively are betting that, along with automating cybersecurity processes, extra organizations will embrace platforms that allow them to leverage automation to converge the administration of IT and cybersecurity.
The diploma to which IT organizations will embrace that degree of convergence naturally will differ. Nevertheless, there are cybersecurity duties involving patch administration which are a pure extension of any IT service administration (ITSM) platform. Give the variety of functions and techniques that aren’t being patched constantly in most organizations, it’s clear present handbook approaches to patch administration are leaving a lot to be desired.
Much less clear proper now’s the diploma to which suppliers of ITSM and cybersecurity instruments may finally converge. For the time being, alliances between distributors is the first automobile by way of which the convergence of ITSM and cybersecurity administration is being pushed. Nevertheless, these alliances could end up to solely be a precursor for a wave of forthcoming acquisitions and mergers.
Within the meantime, as IT environments grow to be extra various most organizations will inevitably rely extra on IT automation. Most organizations merely can’t afford to have separate IT groups to handle, for instance, Home windows and macOS endpoints. The problem now is determining methods to handle a various vary of endpoints that more and more must be managed remotely by IT groups which are simply as dispersed as the remainder of the group.