Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) seems familiar to US military over the tenure of a decade. Advanced Persistent Threats are network attacks in which performers include nation-states. However, these attacks have not advertised about the performers. Even codes have not revealed regarding which country or intelligence agency remains responsible for APTs. Mostly, attackers could be availing proxies and mask their real source.
On observing in-depth, codes are well-defined in APT. These codes indicated the involvement of a team of developers and not individuals. If an attack occurs, you need to consider resources to pay those developers. Hacking Team traded their products for hundreds of thousands of dollars to several countries across the globe. Imagine about the cost required for countries that hold their own domestic “hacking teams.”
However, APTs cause fewer worries to most of the people. Unless you are managing IT systems of a government agency or a defense contractor, you reasonably do not have to worry about APTs. Instead, need to focus on data breaches and targeted attacks.
Targeted attacks are not similar to APTs. They are not performed by countries instead carried out by attackers across the world. The intentions may vary such as stealing information, carrying out fraudulent activities, or causing trouble within the business. The targeted attacks involve the use of tools from an underground marketplace.
Targeted attacks create worries to organizations, not to a government agency or a defense contractor. It is easy to obtain information to target any individual through Social Engineering such as LinkedIn or Facebook. An attacker deploys various tools such as remote access tools (RATs) to compromise an organization.
These tools are responsible for data breaches and security incidents. Unfortunately, organizations are not capable of handling target attacks due to their inconceivable state of mind. The organizations depend on traditional antivirus solutions, which are ineffective against several tools at present. They need to adopt new solutions that originate from security vendors to deal with threats at present.
Both targeted attacks and APTs promote a cynical attitude toward the defenders. It is not easy to recover from the targeted attacks and APTs once influenced. Most people and organizations are not facing a well-funded and super-skilled threat but a different kind of threat. Both APTs and targeted attacks have similar intentions of causing security incidents and data breaches. Organizations must implement security standards and policies with solutions from security vendors for probably reducing the chances of occurrences of such attacks and defending against these attacks.
In recent years, the IT Sphere is facing challenges in establishing a standard and managed workspace for diversified users with next-generation features for device management. In the business environment, it is mandatory to create a desktop environment suitable to all resources with adequate supports for device management. Manual operations require replacement with the automated processes. IT Workspace Management along with automation processes overcome challenges in detection, self-healing, management, maintenance, and solutions associated with integration issues in real time. It is a great deal to manage devices in the work environment such as security, control of all devices under a single console, and resolving escalations for device issues.
Modern IT Workspace management and Automation consists of Top 10 Next-Gen Features listed as follows:
As per Gartner, due to automation, buyers expect a reduction of cost of services and expect improvements in service quality.
During the period from 2018 to 2022, the global market of workspace management software is expected continual growth at a CAGR for around 15%.
Through 2021, the majority of service providers will use next-gen automation services, thus reducing the commodity service costs by 15% to 25% annually.
Inspirisys established a strategic partnership with Nanoheal (Predictive Endpoint Management and Automation Solution) for enabling PoC, deployment, and management Capabilities.
It is always nice to search for an alternative option to end-user computing at the time of replacement with a new one. It is a common scenario when major desktops gets outdated and requires replacement with huge Capex. Typical work environments still occupy desktops, which are difficult in maintenance, management, and security perspectives. However, Laptops are economical in price, complete replacement in place of the desktops in work environments is not possible.
On the other hand, Laptops are considered prominent for a portable workforce, as compared to brick-and-mortar based work environments. These challenges gradually decreased at the work environment after the arrival of zero client devices supporting Virtualization technologies.
The selection of apt appropriate zero client product requires assessment on considerable aspects such as Zero Client Brand, the reliability of the product, knowledge to implement an end-user computing solution, application compatibility with a new technology platform, end-user acceptance, OS Licensing challenges, and the most essential Cost-Benefit Analysis with respect to Desktops (thick clients) versus Zero Clients (thin clients).
After careful considerations and cross-checks with various endpoints, one can then get into action in a phased manner. A typical setup can be hosted with X86 based decent PC and server for virtualization and form zero client network for 10+ users and cautiously keep an old desktop intact to roll back on any negative results.
It is also noticed that the backup desktop is unused for a coupler of months after implementation and that the zero client platform has a decent, adaptable, new end-user computing model. Zero client platform typically saves 40% cost against desktop (Branded desktops or not).
This new environment can also be good for maintenance and manageability by infra engineers, as they need to address all user challenges at the server level rather than running to the user desk. Adding users to Zero Client Nodes helped immediate desktop availability to the new user and relieved from the hassle of backing up old data including those of email .PST files of left employees.
Moving to Zero Client environment can open new venues for VDI toward desktops for security-driven organizational goals. Moving to VDI is easier as VDI server to be pointed in devices and retiring local server after Images are transferred. Surprisingly, users can operate their own desktop anywhere in the office given better user experience against “My Desktop” mindset.