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What is Agentless Monitoring?

Traditionally, IT and Security solutions that provide endpoint monitoring capabilities require that an agent be installed on the device to be monitored. These agents will record the local device’s activity from a network, application, and operating system perspective and then forward that information to a monitoring server.

While agent technique is effective, it has several drawbacks: 

  1.  Agents must be deployed and managed.
  2. If there is a problem with the agent, or it is not running, there will be no data collected from that device to assess risk and threats.
  3. Agents can usually only be installed on certain operating systems (Windows, iOS, Linux).

This leaves other device types (IP Cameras, printers, OT devices, etc.) without monitoring capabilities. Without an agent, the ability to monitor all devices, regardless of type or OS, does not have these limitations.

How Does Agentless Device Monitoring Work?

By gaining deep situational awareness on each and every device, Armis assess device security posture and threats in real-time. This includes classifying the device (category, type, Operating system, etc.), providing complete visibility into what a device is, it’s doing, and its inherent risks and threats to the organization.

To assist with the discovery of assets, the Armis Asset Intelligence Engine is a collective AI-powered knowledge base, monitoring billions of assets world-wide in order to identify cyber risk patterns and behaviors. It feeds the Armis Centrix ™ platform with unique, actionable cyber intelligence to detect and address real-time threats across the entire attack surface.

The Armis Centrix™ capabilities allow customers to quickly see, protect and manage *all* devices – regardless of device type. The capability to discover and monitor any device is important, as threat actors are now targeting unmanaged and IoT devices to gain a foothold in an organization to launch their attacks. In addition, without the need to leverage and install agents, deployment of the Armis Centrix(TM) is simple and quick – providing immediate, low-friction insights into Armis insights and the overall value of the platform.