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Tanium's fast-acting endpoint management tool grows up

Stephen Lawson | April 1, 2015
A tool for nearly real-time management of clients like desktops, laptops and Windows tablets is now set to take on massive organizations that have millions of endpoints.

Typing queries isn't the only way IT departments can track down security problems with Tanium. Among other things, they can use IOCs (indicators of compromise), which are collections of malware information compiled by security companies and other sources. Tanium's software already can read IOCs and use them as a basis for queries. Version 6.5 automates that process and builds it into the product so it's less work for enterprises to use it.

The latest update also integrates Tanium with some commonly used tools for monitoring and managing IT infrastructure. Enterprises can feed the product's real-time information into software that uses SIEM (security information and event management) and CMDB (configuration management database), as well as help desk systems, Tanium says.

The new version also gets a dedicated tool for managing software updates and licenses across an enterprise, with enhancements including more flexible scheduling for patches and better reporting, Lea said.

Tanium has been available for about two years but saw an upsurge in popularity last year, Lea said. The company says it's now in use in half of the Fortune 100 enterprises, including half of the world's top 10 banks. On Tuesday, it announced $52 million in new funding from venture firm Andreessen Horowitz.

 

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