The number of cyberattacks leveled against businesses and average people is rising every year. The Identity Theft Resource Center found that data breaches increased 40 percent over the last year. Remaining vigilant about the ever-present danger of a hack is simply a part of life these days, but that doesn’t mean the struggle is hopeless. Enterprises are using new approaches by combining technology with clever planning, to improve business continuity. Enabling self-healing endpoints is one concept that is being increasingly adopted by organizations.
What Does “Self-Healing” Mean?
High system availability has become a necessity for organizations, as many critical fast-paced business functions are dependent on some critical endpoints. Maintaining consistent system configurations with diverse setups, across thousands of endpoints can become a nightmare for IT admins, given the amount time and manual labour involved. By enabling self-healing endpoints, IT admins can ensure preferred system configurations are untampered and always available. The problem of having to check and fix every single endpoint’s control settings is eliminated with this concept.
The idea behind self-healing is to setup resilient endpoints which can revert back to a known state – i.e with approved licensed software with security protocols – instantly, with automation or minimal manual involvement. With APTs, a breach can go dormant/ undetected for long. Self-healing endpoints can avoid the problem of configuration drift, where systems end up with modified configuration, due to unrecorded, unwanted, accumulated changes which modify the setup, and potentially hamper business operations.