Charles Leaver – Your Can Integrate Ziften’s Advanced Endpoint Products With Your Security Architecture Seamlessly

Written By Roark Pollock And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver


Security practitioners are by nature a mindful bunch. Cautiousness is a characteristic most folks likely have coming into this market given its objective, however it’s also certainly a characteristic that is learned in time. Ironically this is true even when it comes to including extra security controls into an already established security architecture. While one might assume that more security is better security, experience teaches us that’s not necessarily the case. There are in fact various issues associated with deploying a new security product. One that often shows up near the top of the list is how well a brand-new product integrates with existing products.

Integrating issues are available in numerous tastes. Primarily, a new security control shouldn’t break anything. However furthermore, new security services have to gracefully share danger intelligence and act upon threat intelligence collected throughout a company’s entire security infrastructure. In other words, the new security tools ought to collaborate with the existing community of tools in place such that “1 + 1 = 3”. The last thing that the majority of IT and security operations groups need is more siloed products/ tools.

At Ziften, this is why we’ve constantly focused on building and providing an entirely open visibility architecture. Our company believe that any new systems and security operations tools have to be created with enhanced visibility and information sharing as key design requirements. However this isn’t a one way street. Producing basic integrations requires technology partnerships between market vendors. We consider it our duty to work with other innovation companies to equally integrate our products, therefore making it easy on consumers. Unfortunately, numerous suppliers still believe that integration of security products, specifically new endpoint security products is extremely tough. I hear the concern continuously in client discussions. But info is now appearing showing this isn’t necessarily the case.

Recent study work by NSS Labs on “advanced endpoint” services, they report that Worldwide 2000 clients based in North America have actually been pleasantly surprised with how well these types of products integrate into their existing security architectures. In accordance with the NSS research study entitled “Advanced Endpoint Protection – Market Analysis and Survey Results CY2016”, which NSS subsequently provided in the BrightTalk webinar below, respondents that had actually already released sophisticated endpoint items were far more favorable concerning their capability to integrate into existing security architectures than were respondents that were still in the planning stages of purchasing these services.

Specifically, for participants that have actually currently released sophisticated endpoint products: they rank integration with already established security architectures as follows:

● Excellent 5.3 %
● Good 50.0 %
● Average 31.6 %
● Poor 13.2 %
● (Terrible) 0.0 %

Compare that to the more conservative responses from people still in the preparation phase:

● Excellent 0.0 %
● Good 39.3 %
● Average 42.9 %
● Poor 14.3 %
● (Horrible) 3.6 %

These statements are encouraging. Yes, as kept in mind, security people tend to be pessimists, however in spite of low expectations respondents are reporting positive results when it comes to integration experiences. In fact, Ziften consumers generally show the very same initial low expectations when we initially go over the integration of Ziften services into their already established community of products. However in the end, clients are wowed by how easy it is to share details with Ziften services and their already established infrastructure.

These study results will hopefully help reduce concerns as newer service adopters may check out and rely on peer recommendations before making purchase choices. Early mainstream adopters are clearly having success releasing these services and that will ideally help to minimize the natural cautiousness of the true mainstream.

Certainly, there is significant distinction between products in the space, and companies should continue to carry out proper due diligence in understanding how and where products integrate into their broader security architectures. However, fortunately is that there are services not just fulfilling the needs of customers, however really out performing their preliminary expectations.