Policies: Security for Your Cross-platform Fleet

Written by Greg Keller on February 3, 2016

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IT infrastructures nowadays aren’t like they were fifteen years ago. A decade and half ago, networks were primarily centric to Microsoft Windows and were on-premises only. Back then, the cloud was an unfamiliar term. Most applications were hosted and managed on-premises, and servers were generally within an on-premises data center or collocated at a hosting facility. What’s more, IT admins were responsible for the entire end-to-end infrastructure.

Evolution of IT Infrastructure & the Modern Organization

Fast forward a decade, and networks have evolved quite extensively.  Cloud-based infrastructure and applications are now the norm. That means IT admins can and do outsource their core network infrastructure. The modern IT organization leverages the best and brightest in each industry, rather than having to build and manage it on their own. Additionally, organizations are no longer single platform. Windows is now just one of five devices. Mac and Linux devices are a big part of networks, as are mobile devices and tablets. With all this innovation, how do IT admins manage their cross-platform fleet of systems?

Improvement in Multi-Device Directory Services

Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a platform that not only manages the users on their Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, but DaaS can also execute security policies that include virtually anything that is executable through the command line or API calls. This includes operations on the file system, registry, and applications. Policies are now created in any language that the device supports, whether the language is  python, perl, C, bash, or others. Scripts that IT admins create can now be scheduled, run ad hoc, or triggered via webhooks.

Advancement in Cross-Fleet Security Measures

The advancement in networks requires an advancement in security policies. IT admins increase security in a number of ways, including screen lock, disk encryption, and disabling guest accounts. All of these security measures are needed in today’s IT environment and help to eliminate shadow IT. What’s more, many of these security policies can be run across the various operating system platforms, enabling IT admins to more easily control their cross-platform fleet of systems.

More so than years past, security policies are a critical component to an organization’s compliance initiatives. Directory-as-a-Service helps organizations control their multi-platform device environment and more easily establish security rules for cross-platform systems. To learn more about how DaaS can support your organization, drop us a note. Orgive DaaS a try for free. Your first 10 users are free forever.

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