Seeking Efficient Visibility During Explosive Growth
Rapid company growth brings operational challenges — particularly when systems crucial for daily operations proliferate at the same rate. Avant’s security team struggled to gain visibility into a mountain of services and IT assets, dependent on an IT team that was stretched thin maintaining all those systems.
As a result, the information security team met various roadblocks, from limited portal access, to incomplete asset inventories. Gathering accurate data required “swivel-charing” — bouncing between numerous sources. Yet the team lacked insight into where the gaps in their inventory and processes were.
This disconnect put significant strain on their workflows. Jared Gray, senior manager of security operations at Avant, noted his team was “spending way too much time... gathering information, [and] understanding host information and user information.”
Security engineer Andrea Youwakim expanded on those challenges. “When we were launching an incident response investigation, [...] we had to look in all of these different places to try and pull a user profile on who was involved in exactly what had happened.”
Actions like policy enforcement similarly suffered from a data-poor, manual approach. The team quickly realized that their existing manual processes couldn’t keep up.
Radical Visibility With Axonius
For Gray, the Axonius platform offered “a modular approach to inventory visibility,” backed by unparalleled flexibility and service.
Axonius stood out because of its immediate value-add. “All the adapters came out of the box, and we were able to quickly get a good idea of what our user base looks like, what our user profiles look like, what our [...] inventory looks like, without being so dependent upon other solutions and the upkeep of traditional inventory systems.”
Avant’s team also chose the Axonius system because of its robust customer support.
Gray noted that with competitors, “you go through POCs [proofs of concept], you have excellent support. Then you buy the products, and it starts to phase out a little bit.” However, “Axonius has been fantastic with support levels, training, and touchpoints — and that’s one of my favorite things about it.”