Microsoft IT provides secure, remote access for Microsoft employees—helping them stay productive and easily connect to work when needed. With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we implemented a new VPN connection profile that includes the Always On feature. Employees can use it to automatically connect to the network. This profile streamlines the remote access experience with a seamless connection and enforces strong authentication methods for network security.
The data protection team in Microsoft IT manages the backup and recovery of nearly 9 PB of on premises data for Microsoft. Having migrated most of our IT infrastructure to Azure, we knew we needed to adapt our backup and recovery processes for our growing Azure virtual machine infrastructure. With Azure Recovery Services vault, we provide data protection for Azure resources. It’s a flexible, adaptable solution for our employees to access—and it gives them control over their own backup and disaster recovery needs.
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For workplace safety in more than 800 buildings and 190 countries/regions, Microsoft Global Security and Microsoft IT take advantage of the Internet of Things and monitor the health of 25,000 smart devices—like security cameras, panic buttons, alarms, access control systems, and sensors. If any device fails, physical security, productivity, and company assets are at risk. With data analytics on performance and likelihood of failure, we proactively manage risk, do predictive maintenance, and boost device uptime.
Proactively understanding security vulnerabilities and mitigating malware attacks is critical to providing a trusted computing environment. Microsoft IT uses telemetry collected from Windows Defender and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection to help us respond to attacks with a data-driven, prioritized approach. Telemetry helps us spot trends in malware behavior and identify the top types of malware and triggers so that we can respond to infections, invest in appropriate protection, and monitor patterns.
As the use of personal devices in the workplace grows, Microsoft IT is challenged to apply corporate security policies in a data environment of diverse devices that contain a mix of business and personal data. With Intune for Mac, we can manage and support OS X devices. Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory support mobile device management for iOS and Android, and give users secure access to corporate resources—anytime, anywhere.
Microsoft IT installed the latest update to System Center Configuration Manager (version 1602) using a new in-console service. The in-console update service automates many tasks, such as checking that prerequisites are met before an update, and helps ensure that we are running the latest version. It delivers updates as they are available, with no service packs or cumulative update versions for us to download and deploy separately. Updates are now much easier to manage.