Lack of Visibility Can Result in Damaging Attacks and Service Outages

A core mission of IT organizations is to ensure applications are available and secure. That starts with a good understanding of their IT estate. However, most business leaders don’t believe the systems of record that store their asset and application data, called CMDBs, is anywhere close to accurate or complete. In many cases, information in CMDBs is filled with inaccurate, outdated, or incomplete data. Environments change constantly and CMDB records can’t keep up.

There are many reasons for this situation. Standard processes don’t exist or aren’t followed, accountability isn’t clear or prioritized, and manual audit procedures are too burdensome and error-prone. Operations teams have no automated solutions to ensure accuracy.

The impact of this lack of visibility is damaging and disruptive. Enterprises incur additional security risks from vulnerabilities to unknown and unpatched workloads, unused assets that increase the attack surface area, and hidden dependencies between applications that can let attackers move laterally within the network. Organizations also suffer costly unplanned downtime when changes are made that unexpectedly break critical services. Enterprises can’t make progress fast on strategic projects like cloud migration or Zero Trust security.

Given most businesses are accelerating their digital commerce, this problem can only get worse without a fundamentally new approach.

Find Applications and Assets Dynamically to Improve Resiliency and Security

vArmour enables organizations to automatically and dynamically identify all the applications, assets, and users across their complex hybrid cloud environments. This enterprise-wide visibility can be used to update systems of record like CMDBs to ensure continuous and accurate information. What’s more, vArmour understands the dependencies and relationships between these entities to provide more insights and understanding of the environment.

With no need to deploy new infrastructure—agents, appliances, or architectures—organizations can realize value from this enterprise-wide visibility within just days instead of weeks or months. vArmour leverages the telemetry data from existing enterprise infrastructure, aggregates and correlates the data, and represents that data visually in a Relationship Graph for real-time and historical views. Operations teams can quickly access the information they need with intuitive filters, tables, and search functions.

With more accurate and up-to-date CMDB data, organizations can work more effectively to comply with operational resiliency and risk objectives. With these insights, enterprises are now able to identify application dependencies that cause service disruptions during operational changes and increase the risk of breaches to unknown assets.

Gain Insights Throughout the Application and Asset Lifecycle

Unlike existing visibility toolsets, the vArmour solution is designed for use throughout the application and asset lifecycle. Enterprises gain continuous updates and insights through three parallel processes:

• Auto-Discovery: Provide automated discovery of application relationships and dependencies
• Continuous Monitoring: Understand environment changes, validate approvals, and monitor communications
• Long-Term Reporting: Record, store, and analyze historical communications and deliver reports on demand

Greater Resiliency and Security with vArmour

With an accurate understanding of the IT infrastructure, vArmour enables enterprises to ensure greater operational resiliency during change management and strengthen their cybersecurity posture with fewer unknown vulnerabilities. Operations teams can also decommission unused or forgotten assets that increase the threat surface area, identify and prioritize assets for critical patches, and comply with regulatory reporting requirements.

To learn more, download the vArmour CMDB Reconciliation solution brief.

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