Evaluating Endpoint Security: 4 Forgotten Factors [Trend Micro]

Catch the news and you get a pretty clear sense that times are tough and people are still hurting out there. Naturally, all of us respond by looking at our budgets, then cut what we feel are needless expenses. That’s all well and good – we can survive with one less vacation, or outfit hanging in our closet. But when we make short-term cost-cutting decisions – like nixing a gym membership – that affects our long-term health and hurts more in the long run.

That’s what’s happening with IT security budgets. In an effort to do more with less, IT and security managers are looking for ways to cut costs. It’s not surprising to find out that organizations, in evaluating new security systems, are focusing on initial acquisition, licensing and maintenance costs. Which means they’re tempted by low-priced options. But just like not going to the gym turns you into a couch potato, compromising on security for mail servers and endpoints is just short-term gain for long-term pain.

The true cost of any enterprise security solution depends on four additional factors beside upfront fixed cost investments, and these should be taken into serious consideration before choosing any new endpoint security solution.

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Using a free printer management tool can save you money [HP]

Printer management usually isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about places to save money and improve efficiency, but it is definitely something to ponder.

Unless you’ve only got one or two printers on your network, you need a tool for managing your print environment. Printer management software, like HP’s Web JetAdmin helps enterprises manage remote printers, reduce costs and increase security. All without any exhorbanant software licensing fees!

The cost and spend factor is not insignificant. Most organizations spend at least 2-3% of their annual budget on print, yet most could not actually put a number to that spend. Paper and ink or toner are major contributors to the cost of office supplies in the modern enterprise. A quick check of the wastebaskets next to printers will show you how much of that expense is wasted in unnecessary and incorrect print jobs. That kind of waste adds up quickly. But don’t forget all the IT time. Driver deployment and configurations can be time killers so leveraging a more automated tool or pushing out a universal print driver can be like a time machine. [Read more…]