All New Integrations and More

We are very excited to announce the next piece of our work to improve the Addigy user experience – an all new Integrations page. The Integrations page remains the single place to control and enable Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager, integrations to 3rd party products, and granting access to applications to use the Addigy API.

As part of ongoing efforts to improve your experience using Addigy, we have worked to make the Integrations page more straight forward to use putting the information you need most close at hand.

Several of the key differences you will notice right away include:

  • Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager integrations are front and center.
  • Addigy integrations are broken out from 3rd party integrations into their own section to make them easier to find. Single Sign-on Providers are broken out into their own section.
  • Each API Integration you’ve enabled continue to be at the bottom of the page.

Enabling an API integration and the links to the API Docs have not been moved. They remain at the top of the page. And API Integrations previously created remain at the bottom of the page.

You can also see Addigy Identity in the screen shot. Addigy Identity Okta and Azure is currently in beta and you can join the beta by requesting access via a support ticket.

Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think. If you have any questions, let us know!

 

Mitigating Zoom and RingCentral Zero-day Vulnerabilities with Addigy

Vulnerability Overview

On Monday, July 8th, 2019, a Zero-day vulnerability was announced by Security Researcher, Jonathan Leitschuh, that explained how Zoom and RingCentral meetings applications can allow any website to forcibly join a user to a Zoom/RingCentral meeting and activate their video camera, with no end-user approval required.

Find Jonathan’s full writeup on the vulnerability here. You are welcome ?.

Update Note 7/10/2019: Apple pushes silent and automatic upgrade to macOS Devices. More info here.

Update Note 7/9/2019: Zoom has recommended to update to their latest version (4.4.53932.0709) for the latest version that fixes this vulnerability.

How To Protect Your Devices

1. Disable your webcam in Zoom/RingCentral meetings and/or use a webcam cover if you don’t have one:

2. Copy the Addigy community script “Patch Zoom vulnerability” and instantly deploy it across your fleet:

P.S. Big thank you to Addigy community member @Shawn Maddock for the script submission!

Now What?

Zoom is a widely-adopted, remote meeting solution used by organizations around the world. Balancing the need for user privacy and security with convenient features, such as shareable remote meeting links, has become highly challenging. Addigy can help you identify and mitigate the risks associated with this vulnerability, as well as many others. Our Custom Scripts and Custom Facts engine allows you to easily collect any device data that can then be used to send alerts and trigger automated remediation.

Seeing is Believing: Managing Your Multi-Tenant KPIs with Addigy + BrightGauge

With Addigy, scaling your Apple IT fleet is a breeze. Bring over all your Apple devices for a seamless experience and simple management across the board with little to no additional setup.

Our platform allows you to set up alerts with automatic remediation and ticketing, deploy an unlimited number of applications, apply security settings such as Filevault and Gatekeeper, enforce the policies with no additional work, and monitor your assets for device information (such as CPU, battery, model/year, disk information, and uptime) just to name a few.

While Addigy does provide dashboards, you may want to modularize and custom-tailor these reports for respective clients; especially, if you find yourself managing multiple organizations (which Addigy strives to excel at)! In this scenario is where you will find power in the Addigy + BrightGauge integration we are proud to announce.

BrightGauge allows you to create custom, powerful, and interactive reports in just a few clicks. Like Addigy, BrightGauge believes in giving its customers immediate value with minimal effort. Once integrated with Addigy,  you can begin to see your Addigy information displayed in real time on the BrightGauge dashboards in under 2 minutes!

Customizable Reports and Interactive Dashboards

With the combined power of Addigy and BrightGauge, we can begin creating valuable reports/dashboards within seconds. Addigy gives us the ability to monitor all our devices and arrange them into policies. We can then grab that monitoring data and begin creating stand-alone reports for individual policies or for the whole fleet.

With this integration, we can also visualize how secure our policies and environments are by organizing Filevault encryption and Gatekeeper data into engaging charts. You can create a report that shows you all your active alerts while clearly displaying which alerts have already been handled and which are still waiting for your attention. Additionally, you can check to see which are the most popular applications being used and you can break all these reports down to a policy level or across the entire array giving you maximum visibility on your assets. Creating meaningful, valuable reports that show the value of your work has been simplified. You are welcome.

It’s virtually effortless to get started–BrightGauge provides you with default gauges immediately upon integrating with Addigy! These gauges can then be further customized to fit your individual organizational needs. The gauges can be dragged and dropped directly into your reports.

For scheduling reports, BrightGauge does a fantastic job of letting you schedule your custom reports for multiple users and for multiple organizations all within their platform. Imagine you are managing ten companies, BrightGauge makes it easy to give each organization a custom trailer report that addresses, clarifies and visualizes everything they would need to know about their current managed devices.

Are You Prepared for Chrome Dropping Support for HTML Imports?

It’s the end-of-the-road for HTML Imports, one of the main components of Polymer 1 and 2. We’ve migrated to Vue.js. Here’s why…

Polymer’s Beginnings

On May 29th, 2015, Google officially introduced Polymer to the world. Developed by Google engineers, Polymer was an open-source library for creating web applications which allowed the use of web components. Polymer provided a way for developers to easily create custom HTML elements with both one and two-way data binding, computed properties, and HTML imports. Polymer was widely adopted by the SaaS community. The new version of Chrome (version 73) will no longer support HTML imports and Google has been notifying developers that HTML imports are deprecated. A lot of software written in Polymer 1 and 2 took advantage of Chrome’s support of HTML imports, and those will no longer work natively.

What This Means for You & Your Organization?

Polymer became popular when it was introduced, and many web-based platforms were written in it to take advantage of HTML imports. These included on-premise web platforms and large cloud platforms that cannot easily shift their infrastructure… this means your organization is likely at risk of web tools that will stop working next month.

Addigy has spent thousands of engineering hours making the architectural enhancements to migrate off of Polymer to ensure the best transition for our customers.  Although not every javascript platform uses Polymer 1 or 2, many do, and it has not been widely marketed that HTML Imports will not be supported later this month.  One of the few ways to know is leveraging the Google Chrome Console which posts a blunt warning of components that will be deprecated:

The End-of-the-Line for Polymer

In October 2018, Google made a shaking announcement to the Polymer development world: Polymer would no longer support HTML imports and other core features, making any older Polymer projects inoperable in the future unless they included a polyfill. The end of Polymer was set for late March of 2019, and the race to migration began.

Out with the Old, In with the Vue

With Google’s announcement, we recognized that the conclusion of Chrome’s support for HTML imports was also the opportunity for development. The Addigy team prioritized the migration of our Polymer components into Vue, not only to safeguard our platform but to advance it as well. With the implementation of Vue, we now have a faster, more robust solution for building new features into Addigy – with the added benefit of much-improved UI/UX for our customers.

Benefits of Vue

The Vue library sits at a remarkably compact 20KB! That’s a 97% decrease from the Polymer framework. Maintaining a small size is crucial: this allows for rapid development, provides a more responsive user interface, and enables a more nimble experience when using Addigy on mobile devices.

The Vue framework leverages ES6 modules instead of HTML imports. This makes Addigy confident in Vue being supported across all browsers for many years to come. Vue’s flexibility allowed for seamless integration into our current platform while offering continued support of the web component structure we have grown to love.

New MDM Configurations

To kick-off the new Vue framework, we are pleased to announce support of two new MDM configurations built with Vue:

  • Login Items: Define applications to automatically launch at login
  • Finder:  Control Finder actions such as disk burning and drive visibility on the desktop

 

Our goal is to constantly innovate with our customers in mind.  Our Vue migration is yet another way you can Apple better with Addigy. Try all of our leading-edge features  FREE for 14 days!