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Cisco Firepower vs. ASA

Cisco ASA was an absolute workhorse, but it didn't cover features such as: IPS, SSL Decryption, Anti-Malware, Layer 7 Inspection, Users/Identity Mapping, URL Filtering, and Security Intelligence. Cisco Firepower, a Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) wraps those services into a single appliance.

Reducing Logon Times Using Ivanti UWM Environment Manager

Learn how Ivanti User Workspace Manager (UWM) Environment Manager (EM) can help optimize your logon times to increase your company’s productivity.

Whitelisting & Blacklisting Made Easy with Ivanti Application Control

Did you know that 81% of CIOs ranked endpoint security as their top spending priority? Hackers almost exclusively target the endpoint for ransomware attacks because end users can easily be fooled.
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SecOps and DevSecOps Automation

We are always looking for a better way to validate security solutions for customers and help them realize where the gaps are in their existing security infrastructure. We focus on the people, the processes, and the platforms in place.

Improve your Security, Compliance, and Performance

We love firewalls and we hate firewalls. We love the protection they provide but hate the level of scrutiny and administration required to keep them compliant. Firewalls are a critical part of any corporate IT environment.

Privileged Account Discovery Script: Reduce Privilege Escalation Attacks

After conducting research on managing privileged accounts, I could not find what I was looking for so I decided to write a custom script that helps reduce Privilege Escalation Attacks.

Optimizing Windows 10 Upgrades with Ivanti Endpoint Manager (EPM)

In a recent customer engagement, the client had requested to upgrade Windows 10 workstations within their environment using Ivanti Endpoint Manager (EPM.)

Using PowerShell to Deploy Ivanti UWM Agents

The Ivanti Management Center provides a simple interface to deploy Ivanti UWM agents and configurations. When installed, it exposes web services that are used by the Ivanti Management Center console to perform various functions.

Application Control for Enhanced Endpoint Security

Application Control has many key features but today I'd like to focus on trusted ownership which is based on the core of Microsoft NTFS security permissions. Simply stated trusted ownership is a feature that prohibits

Ivanti UWM Application Network Access Control (ANAC)

Today we’re going to go over Application Control Application Network Access Control or ANAC. Application Network Access Control or ANAC is part of the UWM suite from Ivanti and we’re going to present a very specific use case.

Using PowerShell and Ivanti UWM API for Machine Polling

I was working on a project where we built a complex Environment Manager config. It made sense to have this config start doing its magic on the workstation during the SCCM build Task sequence, but we didn’t want to have to maintain a config package in SCCM.

Ivanti ISM Workshop Part 7 - Using Xtraction for Enhanced Reporting

In this section we assume have installed Xtraction and would like to configure Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) in your Xtraction Application. The following workshop will detail the procedures you will need to follow to accomplish this goal.

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