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Recent Linux Releases: Desktop MFA & Security Commands

Operating system diversity is a defining characteristic of today’s IT environments. Windows may have dominated historically, but enterprise Mac management has evolved in a meaningful way and Linux distributions have become a critical part of IT infrastructure. Cross-OS device management is here to stay, and presents a unique challenge for IT admins.

Linux in particular can be a complex beast to manage because unlike MacOS and Windows, it is not a proprietary OS and can be found across multiple distros. There are many benefits to this openness however, including cost, interoperability, and flexibility. These factors, and more, have led to a strong Linux following among its community of users. 

With an increasing number of employee workstations running a wide variety of Linux distros, administrators need a way to increase visibility into their fleets, and improve the management of not only Linux systems, but Mac and Windows as well. IT admins can use the JumpCloud Directory Platform to comprehensively accomplish these tasks, thanks to the recent Linux releases detailed in this article.

Although JumpCloud Administrators could previously enable a Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) requirement for Linux users logging in via SSH, now they can also enforce TOTP MFA for users logging into desktop Linux systems. This feature not only adds an additional layer of security, it provides complete MFA coverage across Linux servers and display managers. The distros supported by JumpCloud include:

  • Amazon Linux (2013.09-2018.03)
  • Amazon Linux 2 (AWS on ARM64)
  • CentOS 7, 8
  • RHEL 7, 8
  • Debian 9 (64 bit), 10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 (64 bit), 20.04,18.04 and 20.04 on ARM64
  • Mint 19, 20 Cinnamon (64 bit)
The user initiates the log-in process on their Linux desktop with a password.
A TOTP is then also required to securely authenticate the user to their device.

JumpCloud Administrators can now shutdown, restart, lock, or erase a Linux system from the admin portal. This feature allows for both better security and more effective remote device management in any scenario. Whether an employee accidentally loses their Linux machine, or gets locked out and needs a reboot, (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Kelsey Kinzer. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/linux-releases-desktop-mfa-security-commands