The Vanta Agent is a lightweight program designed to run in the background of your employee computers to monitor specific settings and applications. Are you ready to advance your employee security program by adding a full-service MDM? In this article, we will guide you through the steps to configure your Vanta Agent monitoring settings and update your employee computers.
What you’ll need
First, you will want to connect your MDM of choice on the .
Next, decide if you still want employees to use the Vanta Agent and update your Vanta device monitoring accordingly.
Stop Requiring Vanta Agent Monitoring
Monitor your computers with your MDM, period. You are ready to transition fully to your MDM and will not rely on the Vanta Agent.
Continue to Require Vanta Agent Monitoring on all Devices
Monitor your computers with your MDM and the Vanta Agent. Keep the Vanta Agent on all computers and simply add your MDM in addition. You may choose this option if your MDM does not detect all of the configurations required to secure your employee computers and pass Vanta’s security tests.
Only Keep Vanta Agent Monitoring on Devices without an MDM
Monitor your computers with your MDM or the Vanta Agent. Install your MDM by default but if it’s not available, fall back on the Vanta Agent. You may choose this option if your MDM of choice doesn’t support all of your employees' computers. For example, your MDM might only support MacOS but some of your employees use Windows. No need to leave your Windows computers unmonitored, use the Vanta Agent.
Alright, you’ve got your new monitoring setup, now let’s update your employee computers and confirm everything looks good.
First, let’s confirm that devices are being correctly monitored on the computer's page. From this table, you can view how each computer is being monitored. So, if a computer has both the Vanta Agent and your MDM installed, you will see two rows for this device.
Now, let’s remove the Vanta Agent from computers you no longer want to be monitored. You can remove the Vanta Agent by running the uninstall command directly from your new MDM.
Requirement: The agent needs to be on version 2.0.9 or later
To ensure each agent is up-to-date, run
sudo /usr/local/vanta/vanta-cli update --``target=2.0.9
- If you want to check the version on a specific laptop, run:
- If you want to see a list of available targets, run
Then to uninstall the agent, run:
sudo /usr/local/vanta/vanta-cli uninstall --deactivate --secret=<company-secret>
- The company secret can be found under the Remediation Instructions on the unmonitored computers tab:
- It is equal to the VANTA_KEY value
C:\ProgramData\vanta\vanta-cli update --target=2.0.9
C:\ProgramData\vanta\vanta-cli deactivate --secret=<company-secret>
You can also control monitoring by Vanta Agent from the . Select the device you want to remove monitoring for, chose “Remove computer” and confirm this action.
You have successfully updated your device security, congrats!
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