Configuration Management: IT Hygiene Reorganized


Configuration Management

The IT security landscape is in flux and, subsequently, it affects how IT security experts function. Keeping data of companies safe is an increasingly uphill task given the growing number and intensity of threats. Configuration Management is an option that has been ignored for long due to its laborious nature. But, in the future, companies may no longer have this choice.

What is it?

Configuration Management (CM) is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product’s performance, functional and physical attributes with its requirements, design and operational information throughout its life1. In software engineering, software CM tracks and controls changes in software and included revision control.

A tough job

The task of keeping tabs on each application being used on every employee’s computer is a daunting one. That’s why most companies have shunned CM all this while and turned instead to cloud providers to offer them security services. That’s why, while providers have integrated CM as an essential detail in their comprehensive process, most enterprises are lacking the same intent.

Is it worth the headache?

Companies are entrusting cloud computing with increasingly sensitive data and processes, and the practice of BYOD (bring your own device) is another way how enterprise IT is left open to security breaches.

In such a scenario, every process that promises to prevent the possibility of a data security breach, not matter how formidable, is worth trying. The exacting procedures of CM can help companies manage their IT vulnerabilities and at a fundamental level at that.

If that is not incentive enough to give CM a chance, there is the added bonus of saving money. By securing IT systems, CM can help in avoiding cash outflow that would have otherwise gone in, for instance, cleaning malware off enterprise computers and devices.

So, one can say CM is a great way to kill several IT vulnerabilities in one clean sweep.