The result is a kind of hybrid security and LAN/system management. Using Tanium dashboards and alerts based on what's happening on every endpoint, an administrator could detect an attack as it happened and identify which nodes are being compromised. No wonder Tanium recently received a $90 million investment for Andreessen Horowitz.
I'm calling out PingID and Tanium before InfoWorld has had the opportunity to test them, because they both promise to strike at the heart of two huge areas of vulnerability: identity and patch management. There's lots of security innovation going on -- Intel's TrustLite architecture for securing the Internet of things comes to mind -- but much of it addresses areas on the margin.
I've often felt, particularly given the glut of compromises we hear about constantly, that security deserves "the dismal science" title more than economics. It's exciting to stumble across a couple of bright spots.
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