As the threat landscape has grown more complex, companies have added layers to their defense. But in most cases each addition has been carried out as a separate exercise, leading to a proliferation of brands within in each organization.
There was a logic to this way of acquiring protection, but it will not last in the modern business landscape for five key reasons:
These are some of the reasons that we at F-Secure believe that all-in-one solutions are the future. However, it is fair to say there is still work to do.
The main reason that companies have been slow to adopt all-in-one solutions is that cyber security developers have been slow to provide them. Because most companies built their name specializing on a specific product or service, they have tended to move towards all-in-one solutions by tacking on additions to that.
These kind of hybrid solutions have not always been best-in-class. Without naming any names, we have seen companies that specialize in EDR tacking on vulnerability management functionality which we would not consider high quality.
Even now there is a lack of truly complete solutions. In fact, we believe that F-Secure Elements is the first all-in-one solution to provide the full suite of best-in-class components for EPP, EDR, Vulnerability and Patch Management and collaboration protection.
Figure 1: F-Secure Elements Solutions
When we started planning Elements, we really wanted to make sure that it addressed the roadblocks listed above, and took full advantage of all the benefits that the latest technology affords to all-in-one security.
The overarching theme was that we wanted to simplify the offering for end users and partners, while increasing the level of security and flexibility. Here is a list of some the key features we introduced with this aim in mind:
The modular nature of F-Secure Elements means the core components of it should be widely accessible to companies of all sizes. This is important to us, because SMEs are increasingly under attack.
The advancement in technology which allows us to provide better, more affordable solutions unfortunately also means that attackers can more efficiently zero in on a wider range of targets.
This is why EDR is now an essential product for everyone, and in two years’ time there could be a new product that is a must have. An all-in-one solution like Elements is able to evolve at the same pace, which is why we think it is the future of cyber security.