Runecast 6.1 brings IT teams confidence, clarity and speed

Runecast is dedicated to keeping you and your systems secure, which is why we continue to develop new features based on feedback from our customers and a vision of where IT will take us next. Our latest release, Runecast 6.1, introduces a UI overhaul for enhanced user experience, and a new feature called Organizations – addressing the need for separate spaces to monitor different environments within the same company departments or divisions. 

Over the years Runecast has gone from strength to strength for our customers, with more technologies covered, more vendor best practices, more security profiles and more CVEs added to our databases. Runecast is now more fully featured than ever, but what does this actually mean for IT teams?

Runecast evolves with your business needs

Runecast is a fully featured enterprise platform that enables your IT teams to save time and energy. The Runecast team of developers and engineers have put their heart and soul into making our platform the best it can be for the CISOs, CIOs, Security and Operations teams that need it most. Our effort goes in up front, so that you can reap the rewards up front too.


Growth of the Runecast platform’s coverage for IT environments, 2017-2021.


Runecast is constantly adding more KB articles, more CVE definitions, more security profiles. Runecast now has the ability to build custom profiles and 11 different security standards which you can check your environments against. At the time of this writing, the issue catalogue in Runecast scans your environments for over 6,000 issues. And with the latest definition update for Runecast, we’ve almost doubled the amount of Operating System checks that you can perform.

Separate spaces, one Runecast appliance

Alongside this, Runecast 6.1 is bringing a highly requested feature: Organizations. The Organizations feature enables enterprises to have separate spaces to monitor the different environments of various company departments/divisions, with a single Runecast appliance.

Servers and appliances which are physically located in separate regions and controlled by different Operations teams can now be put in different Organizations in the Runecast interface, saving your teams time while bringing better operational transparency. For example, your Netherlands Operations team does not need to see all the systems and environments housed in San Francisco and vice versa.

And this saves computing overheads. Previously these two teams would have needed to share one instance of Runecast with all the systems added and visible to everyone, or deploy completely separate instances, using up extra compute power and meaning there would be more VMs to manage.

Thanks to our integration with Active Directory and LDAP, users will be able to see only what they need to see, according to the level of their role or permissions.

Users that are assigned to multiple organizations will be able to "switch context" by selecting which organization they want to look at. 
If a user needs to monitor multiple Runecast appliances, they can all be viewed within the Runecast Enterprise Console, introduced in Runecast 4.3 (in April 2020).

What is the difference between Organizations and the Enterprise Console? 

The Enterprise Console is a high level overview of all your Runecast appliances, whereas Organizations is for multiple departments within one company using one Runecast appliance independently.

If your teams are still running multiple Runecast appliances please note that the Organizations apply only to the appliance they are configured on. Organizations do not carry across multiple appliances. This does mean, however, that an even greater level of segmentation and separation is possible, if required, by using different Organizations across different Runecast appliances.

At Runecast we are dedicated to efficiency and innovation and with this latest Organizations innovation we are bringing more efficiency to your teams.

New UI, same “one window” experience

Our UI has received some tweaks for improved clarity in your environments. This is to give better usability and to make things even more responsive. With our new issues list, we have added powerful new ways to observe, filter, inspect and resolve all reported issues. We are finding new ways to put key information at your fingertips.

New, not-so-secret source

Runecast is delighted to be one of the first security platforms to include the CISA catalog of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities. CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the US, keeps a catalog of all vulnerabilities that are known to have been exploited in the wild. This information is now available and highlighted in the Vulnerabilities section, meaning users can filter on this information, using it to prioritise which vulnerabilities they should address first. 

For more information on the how and the why, read our deep dive blog post about CISA and the KEV catalog here.

Increased security reach

Runecast retains a high level of focus on security teams, and continually improving our offering to those teams. With this latest version Runecast has added GDPR compliance monitoring for VMware and another level of scanning for Windows Server 2016 and 2019: DISA STIG. 

All of these features and additional standards are available to you as soon as your Runecast appliances have updated to version 6.1.


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About the Author | Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is the Technical Content Writer for Runecast. Daniel has 10 years experience working IT Operations and Infrastructure/Network admin before transitioning to Process Improvement and documentation. Working and writing for Runecast means he can combine his interest in tech with his love of the written word.

When Daniel is not working he can be found writing stories and songs, chasing around after his family and pining for the seaside.