Hierarchy of policies

In Kaspersky Security Center, you use policies for defining a single collection of settings to multiple devices. For example, the policy scope of application P defined for administration group G includes managed devices with application P installed that have been deployed in group G and all of its subgroups, except for subgroups where the Inherit from parent group check box is cleared in the properties.

A policy differs from any local setting by lock () icons next to its settings. If a setting (or a group of settings) is locked in the policy properties, you must, first, use this setting (or group of settings) when creating effective settings and, second, must write the settings or group of settings to the downstream policy.

Creation of the effective settings on a device can be described as follows: the values of all settings that have not been locked are taken from the policy, then they are overwritten with the values of local settings, and then the resulting collection is overwritten with the values of locked settings taken from the policy.

Policies of the same application affect each other through the hierarchy of administration groups: Locked settings from the upstream policy overwrite the same settings from the downstream policy.

There is a special policy for out-of-office users. This policy takes effect on a device when the device switches into out-of-office mode. Out-of-office policies do not affect other policies through the hierarchy of administration groups.

The out-of-office policy will not be supported in further versions of Kaspersky Security Center. Policy profiles will be used instead of out-of-office policies.

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