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Too many security vendors on the network? Here’s why that’s dangerous

February 27, 2017

Too many security vendors on the network? Here’s why that’s dangerous


Everyone knows that when you’re baking a cake, you don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen because every chef has their own way of doing things. In the end, you’ll end up with a very messy kitchen and a cake that doesn’t taste like it should.

That’s a pretty good analogy for why it’s a bad idea for your customers to have dozens of different network security programs and applications running all at once. Not only will they end up with a very messy security management process that involves multiple logins and dashboards to juggle, they might also find out the hard way that all those different security solutions weren’t designed to work together very well.

How will they find out? When hackers exploit gaps in their security created by those various solutions and they end up with a virus, ransomware or other spyware on their system.

By then, it will be too late to fix the problem.

How many vendors?

A recent ZDNet article revealed that some companies have as many as 70 different security vendor programs running on their networks.

This all-too-common problem plagues many companies who have networks that were designed years ago, before the rise of all the new technologies we have today. As new technologies and advancements came along, they integrated those solutions and later tried to find ways to secure them. Decisions about how to secure those new technologies weren’t always consistently thought out.

Fast-forward a few years and now their networks are bogged down with a patchwork smorgasbord of IT security solutions--often by multiple vendors--that are not only not compatible with one another but look at different aspects of the network and even require the IT staff to log in to several different dashboard applications just to manage all of them.

What you end up with is a weak network security framework that can’t protect the company from the more sophisticated cyberattacks we see today, and one that involves a lot more complexity and provides very low visibility to the network as a whole.

This is a recipe for disaster.


At face value, the solution seems pretty obvious: Dump all those different security solutions and start over with a single, unified security solution that can protect the entire network with a single, easy-to-use dashboard--reducing operational expenditures and complexity--and future-proof their network security with a more proactive approach that addresses the entire threat continuum.

Easier said than done? Maybe not.

Cybersecurity is a big priority for most companies today. The increase in the sophistication and frequency of cyberattacks has driven many business leaders to aggressively pursue next-generation network security solutions.

This might just be the perfect time for you to talk to your customers about the need to simplify their network security and invest in more proactive, intelligent solutions that take a more comprehensive approach.

The good news is that there are a few new advancements in network security already available for you to take advantage of.

Want to learn more? Contact your Ingram Micro sales representative today and ask about the latest security technologies that are changing the way companies protect their networks.