February 17, 2019

5 Reasons You Need a Codeless Security Configuration Tool

Security configuration management is a critical topic for many businesses—regardless of their size. However, configuring security settings can be incredibly complex and time-consuming. Coding custom security settings on many operating systems requires the time and labor of a dedicated expert—one who isn’t cheap.

However, there is an alternative to manually configuring security settings for all of the devices your enterprise uses: codeless security configuration tools. Why should you use a codeless configuration tool for your organization?

Reason #1: To Save Time Wasted by Manual Coding Configurations

Manual security configuration management is, to put it mildly, a massive time-suck for organizations of all sizes. First, most manual security configuration efforts require the user to start with a scan for common configuration risks and other threats—which is often done with a separate tool that the organization needs to manage.

Second, the security expert has to manually adjust configuration settings—either by using the (often inefficient) built-in settings tools or by writing custom code to achieve the desired results. Without a centralized dashboard for managing every device, this can take considerable time—though many mobile device management (MDM) solutions can speed up the security configuration process.

Reason #2: Codeless Configuration Allows Non-Experts to Manage Security Settings

One of the prerequisites for creating custom code for security configurations is, naturally, having in-depth knowledge of computer programming. A poorly-written custom script may do worse than simply fail to work—it may break an app or cause unexpected interactions that create a security vulnerability. So, this task is usually left to experienced (and costly to hire) software developers and security experts with in-depth knowledge of coding.

However, a codeless security configuration tool can neatly bypass these risks and allow even those with zero coding experience to better protect their enterprise’s IT assets. The security configuration tool’s developers have already done the hard work in creating the custom code—all the user has to do is click a box for the security setting they want to enable.

Reason #3: To Save Money by Managing Security Settings

A side benefit of not needing to use the time of a coding expert to manage security settings for every asset on the network is that it saves money. The enterprise no longer has to dedicate the labor and resources of a senior cybersecurity expert to the task—or, if they do, the expert can complete the task in a fraction of the time it would take to do it manually.

This saves money on labor that could be better spent helping the enterprise meet its performance goals.

Reason #4: To Simplify Compliance Tasks Set by Industry Standards

Managing compliance with enterprise security standards is an enormous task. If a company doesn’t have the right security configurations enabled across all of the devices on their network, they could face fines, loss of public trust, and other sanctions. However, because configuring security settings is so difficult, it’s easy for some devices to slip through the proverbial cracks.

Using a codeless security configuration tool to simplify the application of compliance-mandatory security settings—and for providing a centralized dashboard to monitor security settings — for each device in the network helps ensure that there are no gaps.

Reason #5: To Improve Enterprise Cybersecurity

The primary reason to use a codeless security configuration tool is that, by making it easier to apply new security rules across the organization, these tools can help the enterprise improve its overall cybersecurity posture. Instead of having to worry whether the right settings are in place, it is possible to quickly check the codeless configuration tool’s dashboard to see exactly what devices are online and currently protected.

This removes the guesswork out of the security configuration process. Also, as new security settings are released, enterprises can easily add them with the click of a button—ensuring that they’re always up to date with the latest parameters.

How Does Kandji Provide Codeless Security Configuration for macOS devices?

Kandji is a security configuration management solution that was built from the ground up to work on Apple’s macOS devices. Kandji’s main developers include experts who worked closely with Apple and, on realizing that MDMs alone weren’t enough to secure macOS devices, decided to leverage their expertise to create a new solution to the challenge of security configuration management for Macs.

Their creation, Kandji, has more than 130 unique security parameters for macOS devices — any one of which can be enabled or disabled with the click of a mouse. Even better, Kandji allows users to create unique “security blueprints” with specific combinations of security settings enabled. This lets users easily create and assign role-based security settings for different devices in the network.

The macOS experts at Kandji exhaustively test each of the custom codes they create for Apple devices after every major OS update. This way, any issues can be quickly and efficiently identified and resolved. You never have to worry about checking code after an update—we resolve these issues for you.

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