Endpoint resilience is an end user’s ability to bounce back, carry on, never stop, to adapt and respond quickly to changes and daily disruptions, both intentional and unintentional. While most organizations have a business technology resilience plan, sometimes referred to as business continuity, it is often centered around servers and storage in the data center. With a workforce that’s more virtual and mobile than ever, focusing exclusively on data center resilience can leave an organization vulnerable, bringing the engine that drives growth to a screeching halt. That engine is the workforce, and it is fueled by the very ideas they create and store every minute of every day on their laptops.
Let’s face it, stuff is going to happen. The unpredictability of hardware, users, and the threat landscape in which we work all lead to disruption. An endpoint resiliency strategy is nothing more than minimizing the impact of said disruptions so that the business, IT, and Security teams can keep moving forward. The business wants to move forward by boosting the productivity of its workforce fostering an environment of creativity, ideation, and innovation. IT wants greater agility so they can minimize daily disruptions and focus on the bigger picture. And, security teams want greater insight so when bad stuff does happen, they can quickly investigate and respond to minimize the impact.
Here are 5 reasons why endpoint resiliency matters more than ever:
- Half of your company’s value lives on endpoints – According to Deloitte, intellectual property (IP) can make up 80 percent of a company’s value – and research shows that 60 percent of your company data is created and stored on endpoints. That means potentially half of a company’s value lives on employee laptops and desktops.
- Ideas (IP) fuel growth and two-thirds of executives agree: losing it destroys growth – Growth is the top priority of 60 percent of CEOs, and growth is fueled by ideas. From contracts and customer lists to research and roadmaps, ideas created and stored by employees on endpoints are often at the heart of a business’ growth strategy. To quote Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, “in an Idea Economy, success is defined by the ability to turn ideas into value faster than your competition.” Most of those “ideas” start on your user’s laptops.
- Organizations’ most vulnerable ideas are on endpoints – From cyberattacks and user errors to mergers, acquisitions, and litigation, the loss of ideas or IP created and stored on endpoints are growing every day. Industry research says that as much as 70 percent of data loss incidents originate on the endpoint.
- Protecting all endpoint data – every version or every file – boosts IT agility. By having a complete backup of all end user data, IT can cut tech refresh times from 3 hours per device to 30 minutes. They can completely take themselves out of the legal hold process by never having to take possession of an end user’s device. Heck, they can even foster self-service IT with tools that make end user file restore and migration simple. All of which adds up to more time for the IT team.
- Having all end user files gives Security teams actionable intelligence – If there is one thing security teams want more than anything these days, it’s actionable intelligence. With so much noise being generated by security products, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell what is material risk versus what isn’t. By having all end user data, security teams have a treasure trove of insights on user activity and the lifecycle files and their movement on and off the corporate network. Greater insight means faster detection and investigation resulting in faster time to respond when the really bad stuff hits.
In the research report “Business Technology Resiliency Matters More Than Ever,” Forrester says, “Threats and challenges to business technology services range from simple misconfiguration to widespread natural disasters to targeted cyberattacks. In today’s environment, businesses need the ability to bounce back not just from catastrophes but all kinds of disruptions, both expected and unexpected.”
This is especially true for end user laptops and desktops. As you read the Forrester report, think about your organization’s endpoint resiliency strategy. Are you keeping the very ideas that are created and stored on your end users’ devices safe? Is your current backup solution dependable? The Forrester report will guide you through the key elements of building a modern business technology resiliency plan. Read it today to ensure that your growth engine keeps running.