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JumpCloud adds deepened Apple MDM cross-platform system management capabilities

JumpCloud, a first Directory-as-a-Service, has announced availability of its support of Apple’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) services. The latest release extends JumpCloud’s capabilities to manage macOS devices via the MDM protocol and support for deployment through Apple’s Device Enrollment Plan (DEP). 

The addition of Apple MDM support further extends the platform’s ability to simultaneously manage macOS, Windows, and Linux desktops, laptops, and server infrastructure.  With the new MDM functionality, JumpCloud continues to add robust security features to its comprehensive identity access control and device management platform, eliminating the need for IT admins to deploy disparate technologies and costly point solutions to fully manage a remote workforce, says Greg Keller, chief technology officer at JumpCloud. 

He adds that JumpCloud’s introduction of Apple’s MDM integration provides new functionality to support deployment and management of macOS assets. The release broadens its award-winning product’s management capabilities supporting fleet control of macOS, Windows, and Linux desktops, laptops, and servers.

Currently, over 100,000 organizations worldwide are enrolled in the JumpCloud platform. 

Keller says that JumpCloud’s remote device management offering provides administrators the following across operating systems from its cloud-based management console:

  • System access and permissions control 

  • Device Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Password management

  • Device Security policy configurations

  • Device wipe, restart, lock, and shutdown commands

  • Full-Disk encryption with secure recovery key escrow

  • Device-level Insights for host and application asset inventory and threat detection

With COVID-19, IT admins are now tasked with managing users and devices across a wholly distributed workforce, an industry shift that research suggests may be permanent. A recent survey from Global Workplace Analytics underscores the scale of the shift, finding that nearly 89% of respondents reported working from home since the onset of COVID-19; nearly 80% of the workforce wants to continue to work from home once the pandemic passes. Combining cloud-based directory services and device management make this shift simple for IT admins, offering a unified solution for user, system, and device management.

JumpCloud’s Apple MDM capabilities are available now and are offered at no additional charge for subscribers of JumpCloud’s free and pro-level plans. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.