Lumension® Content Wizard

Extends the capabilities of the Lumension Endpoint Management Platform with custom scripting capabilities to centralize, automate and streamline desktop and system management, power management, configuration enforcement, software distribution and custom applications

Security and Operational Business Issues and Challenges

Every organization has IT needs that are not completely addressed with out-of-the-box software solutions. PC configuration-related issues increase the workload on administrators and IT help desk staff and introduce new sources of risk. Meanwhile, in a tough economic climate, organizations are facing greater pressures to optimize IT efficiencies wherever possible including reducing the hard costs of energy consumption.

Lumension Content Wizard extends the capabilities of the Lumension Patch and Remediation and Lumension Endpoint Management and Security Suite to cost-effectively streamline desktop and system management tasks with simple and customizable wizard-based policy creation, distribution and baseline enforcement – without requiring additional tools and costs. This powerful utility enables organizations to extend their Lumension solution capabilities to dynamically meet the needs of their diverse IT environments without the purchase of additional technologies.

Overview

Lumension Content Wizard is a powerful tool that automates tedious and time-consuming system and desktop management tasks to optimize your IT environment and take advantage of cost and resource saving options via power management capabilities. Extending the capabilities of the Lumension Endpoint Management Platform without requiring additional solutions, Lumension Content Wizard works in conjunction with Lumension Patch and Remediation to provide user-friendly development and centralized management and enforcement of capabilities throughout an organization, enabling:

  • Centralized Endpoint Power Management Policies: Reduce IT power consumption and meet organizational "green" policies by standardizing power settings of systems across the organization without requiring a centrally managed domain or impacting user productivity. Easily create and centrally manage power policy settings, including: standby, hibernation and sleep timing settings based on user and system inactivity. When combined with the Wake-on-LAN capability within Lumension Patch and Remediation, high levels of IT security can be attained with minimal power consumption.
  • Software Deployment, Upgrades and Removal: Optimize exsisting IT efficiencies and improve software usage compliance with policy-based deployment and removal of new and updated software, including automatic removal of outdated, unauthorized, or unsupported software, ongoing monitoring and baseline enforcement, identification of installed software on endpoints and policy and installation of new and updated software packages.
  • Local Enforcement of Security Configuration Policies: Enforce security configuration policies based on industry best practices, such as disabling guest accounts, turning off unnecessary services, enforcing password complexity and length, and forcing unattended systems log off.
  • Centralized Management of System Desktop Configuration Tasks and Policies: Automate time-consuming tasks across the entire network, including automated scheduling of disk defragmentation tasks, and policy enforcement for account, device control, domain, network, and system policy security settings.
  • Customizable Policy Creation and Syndication: Customize configuration settings to meet internal policy controls, extend patching to in-house developed applications and/or across several different operating platforms.
  • Centralized Deployment, Management and Reporting on all Scripts: Centrally deploy, manage, and report on all scripting actions throughout the organization including making sure AV is installed and distributing third party patches.
  • Content Exchange Forum: Content collaboration is made simple via a company-internal site access thru the Lumension Content Wizard, allowing custom created content to be shared among separate divisions to ensure standardized detections, deployments and reporting.
  • Lumension Connect Content Garden: Share best practice scripts with other Lumension customers within the Lumension Community.

How it Works

Simplified development, management, distribution and reporting of desktop and system management configuration tasks using Lumension Content Wizard.

Enforce Local Policies: Increase your overall security posture with automated management and enforcement of local security configuration policies (e.g. disabling guest accounts, turning off unnecessary services, enforcing password complexity) based on industry best practices.

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Power Savings: Easily reduce endpoint energy costs and enforce “Green” policies with centralized management and enforcement of power options including monitor, hard drive, standby, and hibernation settings.

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Features & Benefits

Key Product Features Benefit
Flexible Content Creation and Management
  • Easy-to-use wizard-based creation of custom software patch remediation packages as well as local security policy and system management configurations.
  • Custom detection, deployment, patching and remediation packages can be created to address a wide range of software and configuration threats, distribute or remove applications and files, enforce configuration policies, and more.
Optimizes IT Efficiencies and Reduces IT Costs
  • By allowing you to address multiple management needs through a single solution, IT efficiency is improved resulting in operational expense savings for the enterprise.

Ensures Entire Network Security

  • Provides 180-degree security coverage of both third party and custom in-house software.
Wizard-based Content Authoring
  • A process-driven tool that guides users through the patch upload process and automatically creates the fingerprints for the patch being uploaded.
Optimizes IT Resources by Simplifying Patch Creation
  • Rapid process-driven creation of patches.
Centralized Endpoint Power Management Policy Wizard
  • Centralizes management and enforcement of power policies across complex environments, including standby, hibernation and sleep timing setting based on user and system inactivity.
Reduces Endpoint Energy Costs and Enforces Green Policies
  • Dramatically reduces power consumption by standardizing policy-based power settings of systems across the organization without the required investment of an additional power-management relying on a centrally managed domain or impacting user productivity.
Custom Script Management and Development
  • Centrally deploy, manage and report on all new and existing IT scripts.
  • Automatically monitor and report on scripting actions taking place throughout your environment.
  • A template based approach to the creation of remediation scripts which allows novice users to quickly author remediation scripts (VBScript, JavaScript, command line) to remedy identified system problems.
Improves Operational Efficiency
  • Simplifies remediation package development and provides centralized deployment, management and reporting on all custom IT scripts.
Enforcement of Local Security Configuration Policy
  • New policy wizard simplifies setting and enforcement of local security configuration policies, such as: disabling guest accounts, turning off unnecessary services, enforcing password complexity and length and forcing unattended systems log off.
  • Sets policies based on industry best practices template with 24 pre-configured checks and policy elements that can be added and modified based on your specific security policies.
Increases Your Overall Security Posture
  • Automates management and enforcement of local security configuration policies based on industry best practices.
Software Distribution and Removal
  • Policy-based installation of new and updated software packages.
  • Quickly identifies installed software on endpoints.
  • Automatically removes outdated or unauthorized software.
  • Ensures ongoing monitoring and baseline enforcement.
Optimizes IT Efficiencies and Improves Software Usage Compliance
  • Policy-based distribution and removal of new and updated software enables the optimization of IT and ensures compliance with software license agreements.
Content Community
  • Facilitates content exchange and information sharing within the corporation via a company internal ftp site accessed through Lumension Content Wizard.
Optimizes IT Efficiencies
  • Makes it easier for IT departments to share content with other department members – especially in air-gap environments.
Patch Search by Title
  • Provides rapid intuitive search of existing patches.
Minimizes IT Work Cycles
  • Allows you to be more efficient through a reduction of time required to develop custom remediation packages.
Display Fingerprint Type based on OS
  • Filtering based on OS enables quick location of relevant fingerprints.
Saves IT Time
  • System usability is improved making remediation package creation more efficient.
Flexible Content Management
  • Allows the deletion of obsolete patches.
Enables You to Stay Compliant
  • Allows you to simplify and maintain an up-to-date patch repository.
Rapid Content Development
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces allow the development custom packages in minutes to react to the latest threats.
Reduces Risk
  • The ability to respond rapidly to Zero-day threats mitigates enterprise risk with significant potential financial benefit.
Content Creation Across Heterogeneous Environments
  • Lumension Content Wizard allows development of packages across a multitude of Operating Systems.
Delivers One Solution for Complex Environments
  • By providing system administrators a tool for addressing configuration and remediation, across operating systems, operation burden is reduced and efficiency improved.
Immediate Content Distribution
  • Content is seamlessly ported into your Lumension Patch and Remediation repository for automated, enterprise-wide deployment.
Saves Time and IT Operating Costs
  • Rapid application of content frees time for IT operations to focus on other corporate concerns.
Continuous Monitoring
  • Custom packages created with Lumension Content Wizard can be continually monitored and reported on through the Lumension Patch and Remediation interface.
Simplifies Compliance
  • Visibility of package status helps ensure compliance with corporate operation and security policies.

Requirements

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Intel® 1.3 GHz Processor or equivalent
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 20 MB of free disk space for installation
  • 5 GB of free disk space after installation

Supported Operating Systems

Lumension Content Wizard v7.0 is supported on the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft® Windows XP Professional with SP3
  • Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Standard Edition with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003, Web Edition with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, Web Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit / 64-bit), Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit / 64-bit), Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit / 64-bit), Web Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Web Edition
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7 (32-bit / 64-bit), Professional
  • Windows 7 (32-bit / 64-bit), Enterprise
  • Windows 7 (32-bit / 64-bit), Ultimate


NOTE: The Lumension Content Wizard database must be installed on the same server as the Lumension Patch and Remediation Server application. For Lumension Patch and Remediation v7.0, the database is already preinstalled.