What Exactly is Security Controls Agent?

Security Controls Agent is an agent service. The agents configured by Security Controls Agent are distributed agents, meaning they are installed on distinct physical and online virtual machines and have the ability to independently initiate specific actions. They are configured via the Security Controls interface and then installed on the desired machines either by pushing them from the Security Controls console or by manually installing them on individual machines.

Depending on how they are configured, when installed on a machine a Security Controls Agent can:

  • Scan for and deploy missing patches
  • Scan for asset information (Windows-based machines only)
  • Shut down or restart the agent machine on specific days and times (Windows-based machines only)
  • Listen to the console or the cloud for policy updates and download the new policy immediately
  • Report the results to the local console

The following figure illustrates how Security Controls Agent works in your environment.