As recently as just a few years ago, products, infrastructure, and security tooling were all on-premise and designed without thought for API-based integrations. Asset management systems simply collected basic tag data from simple sources and provided a location for you to track what laptops and mobile devices you owned.
Modern asset management has drastically changed. Today, all of the cloud providers that enterprises use, the infrastructure and security vendor products, the code repositories, and even the identity systems that are commonplace, are built API first. This is a major paradigm shift for the definition of "asset" and how software is built securely.
To Build or Buy Modern Asset Management Software?
APIs give us capabilities that we never thought of before. The ability to continuously interrogate our world and always receive up-to-the-minute answers is novel and unique. Collecting real-time metadata about your infrastructure gives security teams the opportunity to create automation and processes that make their lives easier every single day.
APIs and integrations have given rise to a security engineering approach to modernizing cybersecurity. Open-source tools such as Cartography and neo4j rely on data relationships and graph-based models to build a modern cyber asset management system. Connect these amazing systems to your tooling APIs and you will find a wealth of value you didn't know you had before.
The primary issue with the open-source route is that not every team has the time or desire to build their own security engineering platform. That’s where JupiterOne comes in. JupiterOne takes the difficulty of building an open sourced, extensible, cyber asset management and governance platform, and makes it freely available to users. Our SaaS platform also includes a broad set of cloud, security, and infrastructure tooling integrations. Everything from security scanners, CSPs, identity management systems, and code repositories can be easily integrated with JupiterOne.
Transparency Feeds Innovation
JupiterOne prides itself on being open to our customers regarding our goals, direction, and vision. The mind map above provides access to our integrations roadmap, as published in our documentation, to anyone that wants to learn from it. Additionally, JupiterOne maintains the bulk of our integration modules as open-source projects that others can use and adapt to their needs.
JupiterOne integrations engineering relies upon constant communication between our customers and our customer success engineers. This bi-directional communication helps build trust and understanding between both groups and guides our decisions when determining what technologies should be added to our extensive integration roadmap.
Same Problem, Better Solution
The way we approach cyber asset management and governance is very different than the way similar solutions operated just a few years ago. While our customer needs haven't changed at all - we still need to track assets in an organized way - how we deliver value to our customers has changed with our ability to provide immediate time-to-value.
There is nothing wrong with building it yourself. However, if you don't have the time, expertise, or resources available, it might make sense to give JupiterOne a try.
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Posted By Tyler Shields
CMO JupiterOne. Former Forrester analyst. 20+ year veteran of the cyber security world.
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