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Endpoint policy management tools

A security expert recommends cfengine and Puppet as two open source endpoint policy management tools, along with cautionary advice on their usage.

Can you recommend some open source endpoint policy management tools to help IT managers protect their networks?

It depends on exactly what you what to get out of a policy management tool. The market for these sorts of products, both open source and proprietary, is not 100% mature. In the open source world, the best tools for this are probably cfengine and Puppet. These both allow the management and configuration of remote hosts and the capability to remotely detect and remediate deviation from a configuration standard, policy or Standard Operating Environment (SOE).

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