Black Hat Fireside Chat: ‘UEM’ solutions seek to protect endpoints, preserve user experience

By Byron V. Acohido

LAS VEGAS — Shadow IT and BYOD security exposures have long bedeviled businesses – ever since the iPhone and Dropbox first came on the scene.

Covid 19 only intensified the problem of how to securely manage the personally owned devices and unvetted apps employees gravitate to.

At Black Hat USA 2023, taking place here this week, suppliers of unified endpoint management (UEM) solutions collectively will lay out a roadmap for resolving Shadow IT and BYOD once and for all.

UEM vendors range from tech giants IBM, Microsoft and Google to a swelling cottage industry of startups and mid-sized suppliers of mobile device and vulnerability management services.

I had the chance to visit with Ashley Leonard, CEO of Syxsense, a Newport Beach, Calif.-based vendor in this space. For a full drill down, please give the accompanying podcast a listen.

Guest expert: Ashley Leonard, CEO, Syxsense

Protecting endpoints without frustrating employees can be done, Leonard argues. Towards that end, Syxsense this week is announcing new capabilities that leverage AI to automate continuous monitoring and real-time remediation of endpoints.

“We’re truly in an arms race,” he says. “As the bad guys deploy new weapons, like generative AI, the good guys have to equally use the power of technology to detect threats and protect their organization.”

Reliance on machine learning and automation continues to quicken. There’s a long road ahead. I’ll keep watch and keep reporting.


Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist Byron V. Acohido is dedicated to fostering public awareness about how to make the Internet as private and secure as it ought to be.

(LW provides consulting services to the vendors we cover.)



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