Fleet, an open-source mobile device management (MDM) company, has announced availability of a new programmable MDM, designed to give medium-to-large organizations control of remote workstation security with GitOps and workflow automation. 

Fleet’s availability as an open-source MDM not only makes it more accessible to organizations working to reduce costs, but also allows users to configure the platform to their own needs without having to pay additional fees or experiencing delays, according to FleetDM co-founder and CTO Zach Wasserman.

Providing out-of-the-box support for macOS, Windows, Linux and ChromeOS, Fleet can be easily configured to share data across teams, and is seamlessly integrated with third party platforms and DevOps processes via a REST application programming interface (API), he adds.

This allows IT engineers and admins to run queries, access data and customize application development and delivery processes. It also provides bidirectional transparency, giving end users visibility into what is being monitored and helping organizations establish and maintain employee trust while ensuring data security. 

 Wasserman says key features of the new platform include:

  • GitOps-driven consensus model enables close collaboration among security, developer and operations teams while ensuring a secure roll-out of delicate write operations.
  • “Bring your own” capabilities for scripting and packaging tools lets IT use the tools they are comfortable with while ensuring that organizational requirements are met.
  • Closed-loop feedback on deployments means IT never needs to worry about whether the configuration made it to the machine.

Fleet’s dashboard features one-click visibility and control, enabling IT to manage devices from any location or platform. It enables automatic enrollment of new employees with Okta or any identity provider, IT management of software updates and patching with any software manager (Puppet, Munki, Chef, etc.), disk encryption (for macOS) using Apple FileVault, remote locks and wipes and includes all of the CIS critical security controls for Mac and Windows. Fleet also supports multiple user accounts and in-depth activity auditing so teams can easily share data across different departments without security risks or privacy concerns. 

Fleet is based on the open source project osquery, co-developed in 2014 by Wasserman, then working at Meta. Wasserman co-founded Kolide in 2016 and created Fleet, an open source platform that made it easier for enterprises to use osquery. The Fleet community took over maintenance of the open source project in 2019, with Wasserman serving as lead maintainer. 

Wasserman partnered with FleetDM CEO Mike McNeil in 2020, announcing the transition to a stand-alone entity in November of that year. Having announced its Series A funding round in 2022, Fleet now has more than 1.6 million computers – including enterprises, governments, startups, families, and hobbyists all over the world – enrolled.

Article provided with permission from AppleWorld.Today