Jamf: Adding New Security Protections Boosts Partners
JAMF NATION USER CONFERENCE – With its release this week of Jamf Protect, Apple device management software vendor Jamf has now added deeper and complementary security tools and features needed by many enterprise users. And that, says company CEO Dean Hager, now means that Jamf software will be able to further help partners build out and grow their Apple device management service businesses.
“When we become a larger part of the overall Apple in the enterprise solution it makes it easier for the channel to put together a whole solution for their customers,” Hager told Channel Futures at the company’s annual Jamf JNUC user conference in Minneapolis.
In the past, Jamf has offered its Jamf Now and Jamf Pro applications to help manage large numbers of Apple from a single console, then the company added Jamf Connect in 2018 to help enterprises provide secure access for employees to the programs and resources they need to do their work.
With Jamf Protect, the company is adding the enhanced security capabilities many companies need to make their Apple macOS device deployments more useful and widely available to workers, said Hager.
“For instance, with a company that is predominantly a Microsoft shop and that wants to bring in Apple devices, now a channel provider can bring in the Apple devices and Jamf Pro, Jamf Connect and Jamf Protect and can sell the whole solution,” he said. “That compares to in the past when we covered a smaller chunk of the solution and they had to go out and pull together multiple enhanced security products that may or may not work together very well.”
For partners, the addition of Jamf Protect will make those sales easier and help them have a chance to secure a more successful sale, deployment and customer satisfaction experience, said Hager. “With Jamf Protect, we now protect the endpoint management, the ecosystem with Jamf Pro, and we automate enrollment and connect the users with Jamf Connect. Now they can tie it all together. And, of course, they will sell a higher value deal.”
Jamf customers have been seeking these kinds of security improvements, said Hager, and told the company in an informal meeting with a handful of customers at last year’s conference.
“At JNUC 2018, we decided to pull a few enterprise customers together, and we asked them ‘Why doesn’t anyone who wants a Mac inside your organization not have a Mac?'”
The surprising answer from the customers, he said, were concerns about deeper information security requirements needed by their businesses.
“We expected more concerns and conversations about applications and the lack thereof,” said Hager. “That turned out not to be the problem. Where they asked us for help was with their info security teams.”
Jamf Protect is an enterprise endpoint protection application built specifically for Mac devices and the macOS operating system that leverages native Apple security tools and on-device analysis of macOS activity to help IT pros better protect and monitor the security of their device deployments. Jamf Protect can be used to create customized telemetry that gives enterprise security teams deep visibility into their macOS device deployments, while also providing the ability to respond and block identified threats.
So far, Jamf Protect is built…