What is the Portnox AgentP?

In this topic, you will learn what is the Portnox™ AgentP software and how it works.

Portnox AgentP is a lightweight software agent for installation on user devices. AgentP is not necessary to use Portnox Cloud but without it, some functions of Cloud are not available.

The following are the benefits of using Portnox AgentP:

  • More information about the device: With AgentP, Portnox Cloud has access to additional information about the device. It knows the device type, operating system, user, IP address, system configuration, installed applications, and more.

  • Easier onboarding: Onboarding with AgentP is easier and faster than by configuring connections manually, especially if you want to use certificates for user/device authentication.

  • Risk policies: Since AgentP has access to more information about the device, it is possible to use it to build the device risk policy, and then control network access based on the risk level. For example, you can use AgentP to discover that an Android phone has risky software installed, or that a Windows disk encryption is not active.

  • Remediation: AgentP also lets you perform automatic remediation actions on user devices. For example, if it discovers that the device’s antivirus software is out of date or turned off, it can update it and turn it on.

Installation requirements

AgentP is available on the following platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows (7 SP3 and higher)
  • Apple macOS (10.9 Mavericks and higher)
  • Apple iOS (7 and higher)
  • Android (5 Lollipop and higher)
  • Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 and higher, Debian 7 and higher, Mint 17 and higher, CentOS 7.2 and higher, RHEL 7.1 and higher)

Resource requirements:

  • Memory and disk consumption:
    • Windows: Approximately 75 MB RAM and approximately 9 MB of disk space.
    • MacOS: Approximately 24 MB RAM and approximately 12 MB of disk space.
  • CPU consumption: A prolonged test using a 2012 Intel i7 Dual-Core processor has shown AgentP consuming 0.1 % of CPU peek during normal operation. CPU only spiked higher during initial provisioning and other one-off tasks of interacting with the AgentP UI.

  • Network bandwidth consumption: Negligible. In a prolonged test, the consumption averaged 211 bps up (241 total packets) and 122 bps (115 total packets).

Data collected by AgentP


Data type More information
Administrative vulnerabilities Windows only (local administrators, guests, Users with non-expiring or weak passwords, anonymous access)
Application installation source macOS – from where applications are allowed to be installed
Network adapters
Operating system
General computer information Manufacture, name, domain
Critical software Java.net versions, Adobe plugins
FileVault status macOS only
Hosts file data
Installed applications
Installed certificates On a machine level, not per user
Logged-in user information
Disk drives
Operating memory
Network adapters
Open network connections
Open ports
Passcode policy macOS only
Peripheral devices
Running process
Running services
Security products Antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware
Installed hotfixes
TPM status
Logged-in user browser Account, extensions, plugins
Windows features Windows only
Windows update settings Status, WSUS
Direct access status


Data type More information
Are unknown source apps allowed Android only
Device accounts
Encryption status
Form factor
GSM network information
GSM settings
Installed applications iOS: only if MDM-enrolled
Internal storage information
Is the device jailbroken?
Push notification registration status iOS only
Open connections
Open ports
OS version
Passcode status
Wi-Fi network information