In cybersecurity, being able to manage and enforce preventative measures against cyberthreats –– such as malware and data breaches –– allows your organization to thrive. This sounds simple enough, but how exactly do you build strong IT defenses? And how can JumpCloud® help with the heavy lifting?
5 Ways JumpCloud Can Up Your Cybersecurity
1. Install and Manage Antivirus Software
Investing in antivirus software for your organization’s machines can help guard against malware and is a stipulation of various compliance regulations. Normally, this would require manual configuration on each device individually.
Through the Commands Tab in JumpCloud, however, you can install antivirus remotely. System InsightsTM — a premium telemetry feature — can enable admins to monitor whether antivirus is installed and active across their fleet at scale. Being able to install an antivirus software and monitor whether its active remotely can save you valuable time.
2. Remotely Push Patches and Updates
It’s important to keep systems up to date so that bad actors can’t exploit vulnerabilities with evolved malware. However, you generally want to wait until you’re confident new patches won’t present new vulnerabilities to your systems. By leveraging JumpCloud, you can remotely push updates at your discretion to bound systems, saving you from needing to do so manually.
3. Enforce Password Policies
Long, complex, unique passwords for each user are integral for strong cybersecurity. Bad actors use credential stuffing to access an organization’s network, so making sure each set of credentials is unique helps thwart such attempts.
DaaS allows you to enforce password policies for all users. That way, users’ credentials are less likely to be used against the organization by someone with malintent.
4. Require Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
We’re all familiar with traditional login methods –– you provide your email or username and your password. Normally, that’s it. However, if that’s all you require users to provide when accessing your IT resources, it’s incredibly easy for bad actors to get in if they manage to nab one of your user’s credentials.
MFA requires users to supply an additional form of identification. Usually, this is a randomized, numerical code that’s only valid for a set amount of time, sent to their smartphones or emails. You can require MFA to access systems and applications through the JumpCloud console, thereby strengthening your network security.
5. Control Network Access: WiFi and VPN
In the event a bad actor manages to access your network, having it segmented can save you a world of trouble.
For example, if you were to segment your network to have a VLAN for developers and a separate VLAN for marketing, a bad actor with access to the developers’ VLAN still wouldn’t have access to the marketing’ VLAN and vice versa. This limits the attack surface on any given network, thus reducing potential for greater problems.
For added security, JumpCloud allows you to segment the network and authenticate users via RADIUS. That way, in addition to restricting your network’s attack surface, only valid users will have access to their designated networks.
Cybersecurity –– and all the components that go into it –– is a very extensive and complex field. With JumpCloud’s help, you can control patch deployment, enforce password policies, manage antivirus, require MFA, and segment your network using the RADIUS protocol. All of these together can deter outside threats from accessing your IT infrastructure, and limit their impact if they managed to break through.