Sample Use Cases

You can use the Client Compliance API to check if your local system satisfies certain conditions that are key to meet your compliance policy requirements. For example you can check:

Security Configuration
Check that all security policies are in place and there are no security vulnerabilities such as weak passwords, open shares, unauthorized USB/wireless devices, insecure and firewall settings, and so on.
Patch Status
Check that the computer has all the latest patches that are required by company policy.
AntiVirus Status
Check that the AntiVirus agent is installed and enabled, the definitions are up-to-date, and no viruses are currently detected.
AntiSpyware Status
Check that the computer has AntiSpyware protection installed, running, and up-to-date, or that a set of executable files is not installed.
Configuration Standards
Custom compliance checks can be easily added to allow for additional policies.

For example, this is a compliance expression that returns true when there are no critical patches that are relevant on the endpoint:

number of relevant fixlets whose (value of header "x-fixlet-source-severity" of it as lowercase = "critical”) of sites = 0

Based on the result of the evaluation, you can decide that, in case of lack of compliance, the endpoint
must be set to quarantine in one of the following ways:

Self Quarantine
Enables network access control software (such as VPN clients and firewalls) to quarantine the computer based on the compliance evaluation results from the client.
Network Enforced Quarantine
Enables network admission control frameworks and technologies (such as Cisco Network Admission Control, InfoExpress CyberGatekeeper, Sygate Secure Enterprise or ZoneLabs Integrity) to quarantine the computer based on the compliance evaluation results from the client.

You can use the description and comment fields of the compliance expression as a way to provide content for your custom application. For example, you might mark specific compliance expression items with comments like "Compliant if true" or "Quarantine if true." and then program your application to react based on the results of evaluating the expression and the comments that are returned.

Possible applications include configurable watchdog software designed to look for specific conditions and, based on compliance results, able to limit, disable, or enable functions such as:

  • Network shares
  • Wireless networks
  • Network access