Glossary

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A

access key

The access key is used to add devices to your Automox account.

activity log

The activity log tracks all automated and manual actions taken over a given period of time on the devices in your organization.

advanced policy

Advanced patch policies allow you to create custom patching configurations.

API key

The API key is used to access the Automox API.

approve

When you approve a patch, the software is applied on the policy's next scheduled update.

B

batch

Batches are groups of imported vulnerabilities that have been mapped and are ready to be processed into individual tasks.

C

compliant

The Policy Status for a device will show as Compliant when all scheduled patches are installed and applicable reboots are complete.

CVE

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. Unique, common identifiers for publicly known information-security vulnerabilities in publicly released software packages.

D

days exposed

Calculated based on the first time the package is available in the Automox customer base.

E

excluded from reports

(Formerly Exceptions) Devices that have been marked by the sysadmin user to not be shown on reports. A device will still be updated according to the policies assigned to the group that it is in.

F

failed update attempts

(formerly non-compliant) There are scheduled patches that have failed or have not yet been applied to a device.

I

ignored

A patch that has been marked by the sysadmin user to prevent a software package from being installed on a device/group of devices/global.

initializing

Device has successfully connected to Automox, but has not completed its first system scan

N

needs attention

If a devices fails to patch for any reason, that device is identified as "needs attention". It might require a reboot to complete the patching process.

R

reboot

Action to turn off a device and reboot the OS.

S

SAML

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a standard for exchanging authentication data between an identity provider and a service provider.

scan

When the Automox agent reviews the status of a device.

scan interval

The interval indicates how often Automox re-inventories a device for hardware, software, system information, and available patches. The default is 24 hours.

scheduled patch

A patch that will be installed automatically by a policy at the scheduled time.

server name

(can be seen in Device > Export csv file)

severity

The category label assigned to the level of threat to a vulnerability. Automox determines this based on several factors including CVSS values.

T

task

Tasks represent actions that require manual intervention by an administrator. Currently, tasks are specific to ingested vulnerabilities from external vulnerability scanners, but Automox intends for other types of tasks to be added in the near future.

total patches

All available patches.

2FA

two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security feature used as a way of authenticating a user by requiring two separate forms of information prior to accessing an account, computer system, or protected resource.

U

up to date

Devices that are fully compliant, do not need attention, and have no other pending status conditions.

update

Any change to a device that impacts its configuration and operation (install, uninstall, patch, apply worklet).

UTC

Coordinated Universal Time. The time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time.

W

Worklet

Use a worklet to perform any scriptable action on devices.