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Jason Walton gives us some insight into how his team uses Fleet and osquery at Schrödinger.
I became aware of osquery a number of years ago — maybe 2017 when a colleague mentioned it. I experimented with it locally, and it was very interesting, but I never invested much time until I discovered Fleet (then Kolide Fleet) I believe around 2018.
It’s easy to deploy and use in combination with Launcher. It provides me with a single source of truth about endpoints in my organization, and provides a separate “reporting plane” independent of tools used to configure or manage systems. Aggregating data across platforms is also extremely helpful.
Our end users don’t notice it’s there — and we have extremely technical end users. This differs from other tools like our EDR solution which can occasionally cause performance issues. It’s a very lightweight tool.
We actually don’t use a SIEM for this reason. We rely on alerts and signals from individual tools that have high fidelity.