Ivanti Neurons Patch for Microsoft Endpoint Manager makes customers aware of the vulnerabilities in the Microsoft product, many of which Microsoft itself does not list, as well as how to reduce threats like ransomware through them. Ivanti Neurons for Risk-Based Vulnerability Management improves measurement, prioritization and control of cybersecurity risk, while the Digital Experience score is an important add that improves digital employee experiences.
Ivanti, which has used an aggressive acquisition strategy to build out their Ivanti Neurons automation platform, that provides IT service management, unified endpoint management, and security from edge to edge, has added three new modules to the platform. They are Ivanti Neurons Patch for Microsoft Endpoint Manager [MEM], Ivanti Neurons for Risk-Based Vulnerability Management [RBVM], and the Digital Experience Score capability within Ivanti Neurons Workspace.
“We are the only vendor who has a true convergence story from UEM [Unified Endpoint Management], EXM (Experience Management] and Cybersecurity,” said Srivinas Mukkamala, Senior Vice President of Security Products for Ivanti, who came to the company with the August 2021 acquisition of risk-based vulnerability management firm RiskSense, where he had been co-founder and CEO. “This combination allows for the management and tracking of every single thing. Resilience is a big part of our journey. Everyone can report, but we are the world’s leading last mile vendor. For path management, for example, many use us for the last mile because we can also remediate.”
Mukkamala said that in a market that is projected to grow from $30 billion to $60 billion by 2025, the versatility of the Neurons platform is extremely important.
“The competition typically has one or two pieces of the three that we provide, not usually all three,” he stressed. “We can discover, provision and retire a device. We are very bullish on how this helps us with what we are doing with DevSecOps.”
“It is remarkable how far we have come and how fast we have come without letting anything get off the rails,” said Nayaki Nayyar, Ivanti’s President and Chief Product Officer.
“A lot of security companies ask what they provide that is unique and can disrupt the space,” Mukkamala said. “With the August 2021 acquisition of WIIO, which makes an IIIO [Industrial internet of Things] platform, we can start thinking abut industrial IoT. If you take a look at our organic growth every single release since Neurons for Discovery has done this. The challenge has been that if customers can’t see it, they can’t do anything about it. We are one of the few firms who can do modern device management.”
The new patch solution, Ivanti Neurons Patch for MEM is critical. A recent Ivanti survey found that that 71% of IT and security professionals found patching overly complex and time consuming, and 53% said that organizing and prioritizing critical vulnerabilities takes up most of their time.
“Microsoft itself lists 5659 known vulnerabilities, which means that they are missing 40% of the vulnerabilities in their own software,” Makkamala said. “Microsoft doesn’t have the data and doesn’t clearly identify your exposure to ransomware. With one click, Ivanti Neurons Patch for MEM can tell you what your exposure is.”
The new Ivanti Neurons for RBVM helps organizations better measure, prioritize, and control their cybersecurity risk more effectively against ransomware and other dynamic cyber threats. The Ransomware Spotlight Year End Report revealed a 29% increase in CVEs associated with ransomware and a 26% increase in ransomware families in 2021 compared to the previous year. The proprietary Vulnerability Risk Rating (VRR) solution quantifies adversarial risk so customers can take risk-based prioritized action, while automation increases the efficiency and effectiveness of vulnerability management processes.
“Neurons for RBVM tell what vulnerabilities to heal first, reduces security debt, and make you more resilient against attacks,” Mukkamala summed up.
The third part of the announcement involves a digital experience score based on a 360-degree view and real-time insights into the devices, operating systems, networks, and applications that employees rely on.
“What we are finding today is that the digital employee experience [DEX] is incredibly important today given all the tools, and working remotely,” said Daren Goeson, Vice President Product Management at Ivanti. “This gives us a foundation to do more than just manage, including being able to monitor and understand the experience. We have created a score that looks across all aspects of experience, with a focus on remediation and self healing capabilities. The Digital Experience Score is one of the key features of this release. It considers all device experiences, security position, and service experience so organizations can get a better understanding of them.”