IT admins managing expansive infrastructures require specialized tools for discovering IT assets living in their environments—no trivial task, considering the myriad of nodes connected at any given time: guest laptops, mobile devices, dev/test servers, virtual machines, old desktops, and more. Cybersecurity suites such as ForeScout and Tanium have made infrastructure discovery and visibility their bread-and-butter; let's see how they stack up in this comparison.
You may have heard that perimeter security is dead, but rest assured, IT folks aren't about to do way with their corporate firewalls just yet. The perimeter is just one—albeit critical—dimension of your organization's digital attack surface, and endpoint security is no less important, especially with the continued enterprise adoption of cloud and mobile technologies. Tanium and IBM BigFix are competing solutions in this space that were, interestingly, born from the same progeny.
More often, catastrophic outages and security compromises can be traced back to simple misconfigurations and unpatched systems. This isn't to say that elements like pilot error and the workings of nefarious actors are not common—they certainly are—but IT asset misconfigurations tend to be the lowest common denominator in most of these scenarios. That being the case, a plethora of solutions focus on systems management for maintaining strong security and quality of service. Tanium and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) are two such solutions competing in this space.