Agentless threat discovery is on the rise for many reasons. But first, what is this new technology all about? In simplest terms, the method has to do with monitoring the security of your network without a real live agent or virtual assistant getting involved.
With this kind of definition, you’re probably wondering how are you and your business any safer going on autopilot security or something akin to a driverless vehicle. The simple answer to the question is that going with an agent introduces unnecessary latency to data security. With heavier data streams, targets of your surveillance are highly likely to catch you in the act.
At the same time, having an agent monitoring both ends of a data transmission entails additional cost. Getting back to our driver-free cars analogy, agent participation obviously entails costs such as manpower in addition to bandwidth usage. In other words, it’s like a having a driver and of course, paying the operator his or her due.
You know how well IT people get paid. Adding another person into the pool will definitely cost you–so there. And it doesn’t matter whether or not you are adding another person or a virtual security guard. Either way, it will cost you.
And then there’s also the thing about the security person falling asleep on the job or otherwise missing this or that virtual event. With agentless threat discovery, there can be no human error involved. It’s all software automating the task and never slacking up while behind the wheel.
You know, a tired or drowsy driver causes road accidents more often than not. With an autopilot system, you can look forward to less accidents happening while monitoring the security of your network. Nevertheless, you can’t help wondering if relying so much on artificial intelligence will work well over the long term.
Just as transportation and law enforcement agencies have started to question the zero accident projection of self-driven vehicle proponents, so too is agentless data security being analyzed with a fine tooth comb. All things considered, which side are you on? For your guiding light, consider the old saying that it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Accordingly, you may want your IT department to test the new system thoroughly prior to embarking on a large-scale or corporate implementation. Failure to do so can be your future Achilles heel. Therefore, it’s time you checked out which firm out there has the software or the systems that merit your attention.