October ’21 Newsletter

Written by JumpCloud on October 28, 2021

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Welcome to JumpCloud’s October Newsletter.

We tend to think about the things that actively thwart attackers as good security, but in truth every action we take contributes to improving our security posture. Under the theme of Do Your Part, #BeCyberSmart, this newsletter highlights the releases, events, and articles developed in the name of implementing good security at all levels.

The strategic investment with CrowdStrike, Atlassian, and others announced this month demonstrates our commitment to this: solving urgent security and IT management challenges faced by SMEs around the world.

Learn more about the advancements in privilege management, user account continuity, same-day support for major OS releases, and more across the JumpCloud Directory Platform.

Manage Sudo Permissions at the Group Level

One of the most challenging aspects of securely managing Linux environments is getting a grip on sudo permissions: namely, who should have them, and who actually has them. The traditional path to limit sudo access is manual and time-consuming, and the process is too often abandoned altogether for the sake of efficient privilege escalation.

With this release, admins can now manage Sudo/Admin privileges at the group level, creating a more efficient and secure means of elevating admin permissions on a device. This release offers admins two additional options for assigning Admin/Sudo permissions: 

  1. Globally, assigned to a User group 
  2. Specifically, assigned to any Device Group associated with a User Group

Advancements in SCIM: Import Users and Attributes From Outbound Integrations

Sometimes good security is the byproduct of improvements made elsewhere; this is especially true with the latest advancements in JumpCloud’s SCIM capabilities. In this release, IT admins can now create new users and more complete user identities within JumpCloud from any application with a configured SCIM outbound integration. 

This ability to import users and profile data significantly reduces overhead, eliminating manual efforts that take too much time, add support costs, and open the door to human error. This also makes the transition away from a non-standard application that acts as the identity source easy to migrate.

JumpCloud Has Same-Day Support for macOS 12 Monterey

This week macOS 12 Monterey was released publicly, available as a free OS upgrade to Mac users everywhere. Because this update brings with it a lot of exciting features, admins should be prepared for eager end users to move quickly on this release. Fortunately, JumpCloud has you covered: the JumpCloud MDM agent has same-day support for Monterey.

However, if you prefer to wait, you can easily set up a policy to prevent updates to Monterey completely. You should also be aware that if you are using JumpCloud with another MDM, you will need to ensure that you have the correct permissions in place to account for the new restrictions placed on the /etc/pam.d/ directory on macOS Monterey systems.

JumpCloud SSO: Additions and Upgrades

Through JumpCloud SSO, admins can centralize their employees’ access to all applications through a single set of credentials leveraging SAML 2.0 and SCIM connectors. In addition to building custom applications, admins can select from JumpCloud’s growing list of out-of-the-box connectors to expedite and simplify this process.

Last month JumpCloud added and updated the following pre-configured SAML applications:

  • Tencent Cloud
  • HackerRank
  • TeamRetro
  • Pulumi
  • Totango
  • BitSight

If you have a connector you’d like to see on this list, you can submit your request here.

JumpCloud’s Q4 2021 Product Roadmap Webinar

The JumpCloud Directory Platform provides secure, frictionless access to all resources, and we’re iterating on and developing new features all the time. In this quarterly webinar, we’ll be discussing:

  • Enhanced MFA capabilities across more resources with JumpCloud Protect™
  • Faster and more controlled onboarding with user management enhancements
  • Same-day support for major OS releases and patch management
  • Data-driven enhancements to our UI and reporting

Wonder what’s coming up? Join our product leaders Greg Armanini and Sundar Jayashekar as they present JumpCloud’s Q4 2021 roadmap on Tuesday, November 9 at 12:00 PM ET.

What to Read Next


JumpCloud Webinars

What to Expect from macOS Monterey: Decommissioning, Apple MDM, & More

Tom Bridge, Principal Product Manager – Apple, JumpCloud
Bradley Chambers, IT Columnist, 9to5Mac

View On Demand

Navigating the Cloud Security Risk Landscape

Tom Kellermann, Head of Cybersecurity Strategy, VMware
Fred Wilmot, Chief Information Security Officer, JumpCloud

View On Demand


Other Things You Should Know

Find a more technical breakdown of our recent releases in our October release notes.


JumpCloud’s mission is to Make Work Happen®, by providing people secure access to the resources they need to do their jobs. The JumpCloud Directory Platform gives IT, security operations, and DevOps a single, cloud-based solution to control and manage employee identities, their devices, and apply Zero Trust principles.

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