Jamf launches security analytics, visibility for Mac deployments

Jamf is adding visibility for CISOs by leveraging Apple's native security on the Mac and layering analytics and alerts on top.

Jamf launched Jamf Protect, a service that adds visibility and analytics to Apple's native tools on the Mac.

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Launched at the Jamf Nation User conference (JNUC), Jamf Protect, now generally available, is an addition to the Jamf suite of macOS fleet management tools. What Jamf Protect does is add visibility to Apple's macOS security tools such as XProtect and Gatekeeper. Typically, that information wasn't visible to chief information security officers that are responsible for compliance, reporting and responding to threats.

Dean Hager, CEO of Jamf, said security executives asked for a service that would add security visibility. Apple's defenses typically report threats and data to Apple, not enterprise security chiefs. "We are embracing Apple's native security capabilities and providing enterprise visibility," said Hager. "We also have a rich set of data and know what's happening on the Mac and how it maps to industry standards."

Features of Jamf Protect include:

  • Analytics to assess behavioral-based risks, anomalies, and threats.
  • Real-time alerts to analyze activity on device and choose whether to proactively block, isolate or remediate threats.
  • Control over what data is collected and where it is sent in security information and event management software.
  • Minimal use of device resources and preservation of user experience.
  • Support for Apple's Endpoint Security Framework.
  • Audit against security benchmarks across Jamf managed deployments.
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A look at Jamf Protect.

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Along with the launch of Jamf Protect, the company added updates and features to its other products.

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Those updates include:

  • Jamf Pro gets a new enrollment experience, accessibility options and single sign-on support with Jamf Connect.
  • Jamf Connect added a mobile feature where a user can utilize one corporate identity on any Apple device to access corporate resources. The primary use case would be using an iPhone to capture identity and provide password-free access to iOS, iPad OS, Mac, cloud and Windows resources via public key infrastructure (PKI). An iPhone could also use Jamf Connect to replicate a smart card or FIDO Security Key.
  • Jamf Now, an application to enable small and medium-sized businesses to manage and secure Apple devices, will add support for custom profiles.
  • Jamf School is generally available with features to create an ad-hoc classroom, filter content and create lesson plans.