Welcome to Device Posture

This guide provides an overview and instructions for admins to use the EAA Device Posture features on desktop/laptop and mobile devices.

EAA Device Posture is a key feature of the Enterprise Application Access (EAA) for user access to enterprise applications, and a valuable component of the Akamai Zero Trust model. Device Posture is not aimed at identifying determined bad actors or devices. Instead, Device Posture complements and enhances existing EAA authentication, authorization, access control rules, and reporting capabilities, providing additional context about the device posture and a device risk assessment to better inform application access policy. Since applications vary in level of sensitivity and value, such access policy in EAA is evaluated on an individual application basis.

On a regular basis, Device Posture captures signal data from devices in the environment. Using this information, IT administrators analyze, understand, and improve overall application security by augmenting existing application access control list (ACLs) with rules that account for the device posture and associated risk. Device Posture helps to ensure that the devices accessing applications satisfy the necessary security requirements.

By continually monitoring device properties, Device Posture gives administrators the ability to apply adaptive application security controls based on the assessed risk and posture of the devices accessing these applications. Device Posture does not improve the security of a device; it does, however, use the collected information to help administrators improve the security of applications.

Operating system requirements for laptop and desktop

The EAA Client can run these operating systems (OS) for laptop and desktop devices:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home/Enterprise edition.
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home/Pro/Enterprise edition.
  • Apple macOS.

Also see Release Notes for supported versions.

Note: If your machine has any endpoint protection software installed, you will need to allow Enterprise Application Access executables based on your operating system. See Configure endpoint protection software for a list of these executables.
Note: The EAA Client does not run on a virtual machine (VM) and is not supported by Akamai. If your applications run on a VM, additional setup may be required.

Operating system requirements for mobile devices

EAA Client on mobile devices only allows you to check the device posture and does not support tunneling capability. The supported versions are:
  • iOS 11 and above (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
  • Android 6 and above (phones and tablets)