As business models spread out and the workforce is increasingly global and mobile, it is a large task to stay ahead of threats, ensuring that configurations are set to reduce vulnerabilities and that security patches are deployed in a timely fashion. This can be labor intensive or prone to incomplete coverage. Endpoints are where your employees and team members are getting the job done - recording transactions, designing products, helping customers, working on plans. This is where your enterprise value begins, with the generation of and collaboration with information on these systems spread around your enterprise and even the world. These systems are not contained in one area and can be out of reach from physical contact with the IT organization. But they come and go from your network daily. A poorly protected endpoint can have a vulnerability exploited that can not only impact the system itself, but potentially serve as an entrypoint for malware to enter the enterprise network.
BigFix provides real-time visibility and control of endpoints across a large number of computing platforms. This acquisition is intended to close later this year. Adding this to IBM's already strong service management portfolio will help clients improve the management of both their IT and operational assets. Enterprises can look to IBM for these solutions to help improve service delivery and overall business performance while helping to save time, labor and expense.
Read more about the acquisition here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/32026.wss