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Host Checker

You can use Host Checker to perform checks on endpoint computers that connect to the IC Series device to make sure the endpoints meet certain security requirements. For example, you can make sure that a certain process or application is running on an endpoint before allowing a user to sign in to the Infranet Enforcer and access protected resources. If the user’s computer does not meet any of the Host Checker policy requirements, you can display a custom-made HTML remediation page to the user. This page can contain your specific instructions as well as links to resources to help the user bring the computer into compliance with each Host Checker policy. Host Checker runs as a built-in component of Junos Pulse for Windows, the Odyssey Access Client on Macintosh and Windows, or as an independent client-side agent on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux.

This section contains a simple example of using a Host Checker policy to require a process to run on the endpoint. This is only one example of the many ways you can configure Host Checker. For example, you can:

  • Host Checker includes many predefined rules that check for antivirus software, firewalls, malware, spyware, and specific operating systems from a wide variety of vendors. You can enable one or more of these rules within a Host Checker client-side policy to ensure that the integrated third-party applications that you specify are running on endpoint computers.
  • Host Checker can monitor and verify that the virus signatures installed on endpoint computers are up to date. Host Checker uses a list of the current virus signatures from the vendor(s) you specify for pre-defined antivirus rules in a Host Checker policy. If a endpoint computer does not have the current virus signatures installed, the Host Checker policy fails.

In your deployment, you can configure Host Checker policies to perform checks that are more specific to your requirements. For more information, see Endpoint Security Feature Guide.

Published: 2013-11-18