The Criticality of Security Asset Inventory: Moving Beyond IT Asset Management

The Criticality of Security Asset Inventory: Moving Beyond IT Asset Management

In today's complex IT environments, knowing all the assets where your critical security tools need to be deployed is essential for securing your organization, and the first step in knowing which assets you need to protect is building an accurate security asset inventory. That's why it's been control number one in nearly every security framework. In this guide, we highlight five typical approaches to creating a security asset inventory, from using a single tool to a dedicated asset intelligence solution that automatically aggregates and correlates, and alerts to new or previously unknown security gaps.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why the aggregation and correlation of assets (like devices, users, and software) from your various tools is necessary for uncovering underdeployed tools and unprotected assets – and how different approaches fare at accurately doing this
  • The limitations of manual processes, like leveraging spreadsheets, which are time consuming and prone to error
  • The benefits of tracking both the presence and state of a device in your tools, which provides valuable information about misconfigurations that leave devices unprotected even if tools are deployed



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