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Arrow Quick Hit: IGEL Preventative Security Model

May 17, 2024 | Larry Bourgeois

What is it?

IGEL is a secure endpoint operating system (OS) designed for SaaS, DaaS, VDI and secure browser environments that significantly minimizes endpoint attack surfaces and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO).

Traditional endpoints can be costly and are sometimes overprovisioned with unnecessary processing power and storage. They require extensive software installations and constant maintenance, which creates operational overhead and can potentially pose significant security risks. 

IGEL's Preventative Security Management (PSM) eliminates endpoint vulnerabilities that are often exploited by attackers. Rather than a monitor-detect-remediate model that requires multiple layers of security and management, the IGEL PSM removes vulnerabilities and the need for costly and complex tools. 

Why should you care?

Malware commonly targets email attachments, removable storage devices, software downloads and unsecured networks. Windows is a common attack target for hackers and security is a top concern for organizations worldwide. 

Zero trust architecture is a hot topic in today's end-user computing (EUC) market. IGEL's Preventative Security Model aligns with a zero trust architecture and prioritizes secure-by-design principles. It employs a read-only OS and trusted application platform to prevent malware downloads. Encrypted OS and data protocols ensure security in transit and at rest. Integrated identity and access management bolster zero trust principles and centralized management simplifies endpoint security. 

How does it work?

  • IGEL OS stores no local data at the endpoint so users do not have the ability to download confidential information to a device that could be lost or stolen. 
  • IGEL is a read-only OS so users cannot unknowingly (or knowingly) download and install malware to the endpoint. 
  • A secure boot process ensures that no code can be tampered with. 
  • A reboot returns the device to a trusted state which enables organizations to confidently restore services in minutes rather than weeks or months after a cyber attack.
  • IGEL OS integrates with leading authentication and SSO solutions including Microsoft Entra ID, Okta, Ping and Imprivata. 
  • The modular design allows only the specific elements that each user needs to be delivered to the endpoint which minimizes the attack surface. 

Differentiation in the market

With IGEL, customers will:

  • Save up to 75% in TCO
  • Save up to 22% in energy costs
  • Significantly extend the lifecycle of endpoints

How do you position and sell IGEL

IGEL specializes in endpoint security for:

  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Manufacturing 
  • Retail 
  • Finance

How does Arrow help?

The Arrow IGEL team provides partners with configuration and quoting assistance. They recommend complementary solutions and help you differentiate IGEL from the competition. They work with you to create tailored marketing campaigns that generate demand and help expand your business. 

Arrow Capital Solutions offers financing options for IGEL solutions to make them affordable and cost-effective. 



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