Setting up IBM BigFix Compliance for PCI DSS

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a well know IT security standard for organisations that handle credit card data.  The PCI standard is actually mandated by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, and the potential fines for non compliance and ramifications for a business if they hacked can be significant. For example in 2013 Target …

Setting up BigFix Inventory 9.2

IBM BigFix (Endpoint Manager) has released a new Software Usage Analysis (SUA) module. This release includes a number of new capabilities, specifically SQL support.  BigFix Inventory (or SUA) also provides IBM sub-capacity measurement capability. IBM has provided a number of installation and administration guides here.   In the following article, I’ll step you through the key …

Is Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) the new Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)?

The IT industry loves buzzwords and acronyms.  We we have RAM, SOA, EMM, VM, AJAX, HTTP...  luckily we have Glossary's available to help us decode what we're talking about! I suggest there is another acronym that is growing in popularity, UEM or Unified Endpoint Management. In the past, organisations ran "traditional" server management tools, which extended to …

Unified Reporting with IBM Endpoint Manager and MaaS360

IBM has released a new extender for IBM Endpoint Manager (IEM) to MaaS360.  The extender (or connector) allows MaaS360 mobile device information to be accessible within IEM alongside PC, Mac and Server endpoints.  Hence the Unified Reporting capability. The setup is relatively straightforward and the development team have created some excellent documentation here.   With some …

IBM BigFix (Endpoint Manager) Windows 7 Migration Cookbook

IBM BigFix can not only provide software distribution but also Operating System Deployment (or OSD).  OSD includes the ability to upgrade operating systems (such as Windows XP to Windows 10) but also perform bare metal installations.  I've recorded two edited video's of OSD in action for an upgrade and bare-metal installation. OSD is a feature of IEM's …

MaaS360’s Secure Productivity Suite for Windows Phone 8

MaaS360's Secure Productivity Suite (SPS) or secure container is available on iOS, Android and now Windows Phone.  Clients have been particularly interested in MaaS360's secure container for Windows Phone.  The different mobile experience and something different is quite a discussion point in live demonstrations.  Organisations realise that Windows Phone will be a viable third force …