Group Policy Objects (GPOs) have been a mainstay in IT for about two decades now. These policies grant intricate control over Windows machines, and are a critical tool that many admins rely on for compliance and security. As the world moves into cross-platform and cloud environments, however, GPOs are starting to lose effectiveness. They simply weren’t created to function outside of an on-prem Microsoft® environment. That is why JumpCloud introduced our Policies feature.
In the JumpCloud world, Policies give admins a point-and-click method to configure the behavior of machines, no matter the platform or where they live. This means that remote workers and Mac, Linux, and Windows® systems can all be controlled with ease. The concept gives admins access to a cross-platform GPO-like tool set that they can use to step up security and achieve compliance. But how exactly does it work? In this post, we will give an overview of how policies with JumpCloud work to help admins control systems.
For support documentation, visit Getting Started: Policies.
How JumpCloud’s Policies Work
JumpCloud Policies are designed to work as simply and as straightforward as possible – with no coding required.
It all starts with the JumpCloud Agent, which is located on each JumpCloud managed machine. This agent is lightweight client code that you install or mass distribute to the endpoints you want to govern, and it allows for user account access management, logging of successful and failed login events, MFA, command execution, Policies, and more.
The agent communicates with JumpCloud on a 60-second interval, constantly checking back to see if there are any updates that need to be pushed out to the system it’s installed on. If a change does come through, the agent is able to make the change on the system and report back to the platform once complete. Once you have the agent installed on your machines, you can begin managing systems either individually or en masse using the JumpCloud Groups feature.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/how-jumpcloud-policies-work/