Ivanti CEO emphasizes new findings from Ivanti’s research on the Everywhere Workplace

Respondents to a survey conducted by Ivanti found that work flexibility was popular, but also made them more likely to do things that increased risk, and made it a lot harder to get IT support or access to a manager.

Jeff Abbott, Ivanti CEO

GRAPEVINE – At the Gaylord resort here between Dallas and Fort Worth, IT management platform provider Ivanti celebrated their first in-person Ivanti Solutions Summit in five years. While they did announce several new solutions, the real emphasis was what Ivanti is doing around the future of work.

“This week’s all about the future, especially the future of work, said Jeff Abbott, Ivanti’s CEO. “We are on the edge of a bigger change, including automation and Generative AI. This will require more speed and adaptability.”

Abbott also stressed that it will involve Embracing Everywhere Work, and the new study being announced is part of that.

“Our challenge since our own disruption required a month to make a patch available,” he said. “We know that was disruptive, and part of a pattern of more and more pervasive threats.” Ivanti’s vulnerabilities were announced January 10 and all patches were issued by February 14.

Abbott stressed that his activity has brought Ivanti products to the forefront of conversation regarding recently reported security incidents, and has led to extensive efforts to protect their customers and ensure Ivanti is well prepared to address the current landscape.

“We are committed to a contemporary Secure by Design framework,” Abbott stressed.

He indicated that that relates to not just where people work but also when and how, given that 40% would quit to gain more flexibility.

In outlining Ivanti’s path forward, Abbott emphasized that they are committed to a broad shift that fundamentally transforms the Ivanti security operating model.

This includes revamping core engineering, security, and vulnerability management practices to ensure current products are secure, and that customers have the resources needed to deploy them securely for their organization.

It also ensures that all Ivanti products embrace secure by design methodology, with security considered as a key factor at every stage of the software development lifecycle.

It involves formalizing partnerships with key cyber-defense agencies to make sure Ivanti products, and the lessons learned in creating them, uplift the entire security ecosystem.

Finally, the process involves sharing information and learning with customers and actively soliciting feedback so that Ivanti continues to meet their needs.

Abbott acknowledged this environment will massively extend the dangers Ivanti and its competitors will face, even in the short term.

“The challenges include that by 2025, our world will have 75 billion devices – 75% from outside the data centre or the cloud,” he said. “In addition, IT and Security teams tend to operate in siloes. More than half said their data was highly or moderately siloed, which mandates higher response times and results in lower productivity.”

While tech leaders see Generative AI as more of a solution to these problems, Abbott noted that many techs have a very different position.

‘In the survey, 95% of respondents said that they considered that Generative AI will make security more dangerous,” he said.

Abbott said that Ivanti’s goal is to bring a joint platform to market which will address core problems

“IT and Security technologies must be aligned,” he stated. “That is why we are driving to build the first joint platform to market. We have brought all these together into a platform purpose built for IT and security processes. Only a platform with a unified scalable approach, will also provide a base to keep people long term.”

That’s also where the new solutions come in.

“We are focusing on two new creation solution packages, a new set of core platform services, and a new set of hyperautomation capabilities,” Abbott stated.

These include Ivanti Neurons for Discovery, an approved inventory management partner of Google, enabling import and reconciliation of Google OS devices from Google Workspace into the Ivanti Neurons platform. They also include Ivanti Neurons for RBVM, the automated creation of tickets in Jira based on custom ticketing settings and vulnerability findings to streamline the vulnerability remediation process.

This study was administered by Ravn Research, and panelists were recruited by MSI Advanced Customer Insights. Survey results are unweighted.