With work-from-home and hybrid work plans now here to stay, IT and security practitioners will have to adapt their endpoint management practices to effectively monitor and secure devices operating off the corporate network for the foreseeable future. This remote environment presents unique challenges in ensuring devices have up-to-date applications, patches, and security controls in place while balancing end user impact to ensure productivity is never disrupted. Furthermore, with the recent uptick of ransomware and other cyber-attacks, the implementation of pro-active and robust security policies to safeguard devices and data must now be part of every organization’s internal processes.
You can’t secure what you can’t see, however. The foundation behind executing an effective endpoint security strategy is having unparalleled visibility into your endpoint environment. As no organization is the same, IT and security administrators require the means to collect custom device data points that are important to their organization’s needs. Often, these data points are not easily accessible through the standard device and security management tools available at their disposal. SaaS based product offerings today lack the capability for users to customize device data points they collect across their endpoints.
In response to these requirements, Absolute recently announced enhanced endpoint data collection capabilities that enable customers to capture custom device data points uniquely important to their internal organization policies. Specifically, the new Absolute DataExplorer feature can be leveraged to customize the collection of data points through a Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) query or as a value in the Windows registry. Examples of potential data points that can be captured to assist with specific IT or security tasks include:
- Access granular Windows registry entries to appropriately inventory devices.
- Identify potentially unauthorized applications or browser extensions.
- Verify network security parameters such as the local firewall status, DNS settings, and Wi-Fi authentication protocol.
- Monitor hardware component details such as battery and memory card information to identify devices that need to be retired.
- Confirm if a specific Windows service, process, or file is running on the device.
Absolute Resilience® customers can leverage the Absolute DataExplorer Builder, a block-based rule editor application that enables their IT or security teams to graphically define and configure their own data points, using logic expressions representing underlying JSON code.
Absolute Visibility® and Absolute Control® customers have access to the Absolute DataExplorer Library where they can choose from a growing list of Absolute-defined custom data points that can be activated directly through the Absolute Console.
Once a data point is configured and activated, it can be added as custom columns to any Absolute Console report to be monitored daily. This enhanced customization and granular visibility into their endpoint environment allows organizations to align their internal device management and security policies with specific business, operational, and regulatory requirements.
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