By using such a tool to centrally manage deployment, you eliminate the need for low-level IT staff at the various locations and free up time for employees who were previously in charge of maintaining their own systems. In addition, automated and tested procedures that a systems management tool offers, establishes a consistent level of security and eliminates the need to correct errors. Finally, in the event of a virus threat or an actual attack on the company’s IT infrastructure, a systems management tool pays for itself almost immediately – all the servers and PCs across the organization can be patched at once. If there is a damaged system, it can be rebuilt quickly and from a central location.
Simply put, the only secured infrastructure is a managed infrastructure. Combining systems management with security technologies from the cradle to grave decreases the chances of a major security breech. It is the insurance a network needs to keep infection-free in the ever-changing world of technology.
Thom Bailey is the Director of Product Management within Symantec Corporation's Enterprise Administration Business Unit.
Oliver is a Product Manager at Symantec's Enterprise Administration Business Unit, where he is one of the driving forces to merge IT systems management with IT security.
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