Education is on our blood and we have always believed schools and districts should be able to use solutions designed especially for them. This is even more important for cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a growing concern for every sector, but the recent explosion in attacks targeting K‑12 schools has introduced a brand‑new challenge for IT Admins. On top of making sure devices used by students and teachers are prepared for all use cases, they must now ensure the devices are also protected.
Device Scout is the first and only tool among any OS to assess devices used in K‑12 against a set of security configuration rules specially designed by Mosyle's Security Research team in order to achieve the ideal balance of protection and usage in the education environment.
Device Scout for macOS will work for your school 24/7 to automatically check all your macOS devices against all enabled security controls, giving you a real‑time visualization of your Mac fleet's standing regardless of how many Macs you have in your school or district.
With that, you will always have immediate access to the status of each device in general and per security control. Also, automated logs are generated and saved when a device loses compliance or becomes compliant with each control, allowing schools to have a thorough understanding of the history of each device in case of an incident.
For assessing and hardening a device, it’s paramount that the guidelines are designed from scratch taking in consideration only the unique deployment models and use cases of macOS in K‑12. This is the only way to achieve high levels of protection while leveraging the full potential of macOS for K‑12, making the adoption of any security benchmark designed for the corporate or government sectors inappropriate for schools.
So what benchmarks should be used if none are designed specifically for schools? When trying to answer that question, we realized it was critical to create the first macOS Benchmarks for K‑12. We engaged our Security Research team and built the first and only Security Benchmarks to protect endpoints used in K‑12, ensuring better protection for our students and teachers.
Mosyle macOS Hardening & Compliance brings a complete repository of security controls to harden your macOS devices specially designed for K‑12. It's as simple as selecting what controls to enable individually or in bulk and Mosyle will start to monitor and report the compliance status of each device for each control. Controls are customized for different macOS versions and are immediately updated to keep full compatibility with future macOS updates. Finally, new controls are constantly added to our repository, providing even more possibilities for IT Admins and Information Security professionals.
Identifying that a device is out of compliance is only halfway to achieving compliance, especially when IT Admins and Information Security professionals don't have immediate physical access to the Mac. Device Scout also delivers remediation functionality, automatically bringing devices out of compliance to a compliant status. No action is needed by IT Admins and Information Security professionals to remediate non‑compliant devices.
From checking to remediating, our automated flows completely handle macOS Hardening & Compliance for your school and district with minimal work from your IT team.
Parents, the School Board, Principal, or even auditors expect school‑owned devices are leveraging the best recommendations in terms of security configurations. But, showcasing that is never easy considering the large number of devices in use daily and the constant changes on each device.
With that in mind, Device Scout allows for a quick export of reports to show the compliance status of each device and logs, allowing IT teams to easily share information that will make device compliance status accessible for all stakeholders.