Secure your devices.
Considering how many different phones, tablets, and laptops your company is using, it’s a full-time job just keeping track of how they’re all being managed, secured, and knowing what data is moving from Point A to Point B.
Point A is usually somewhere in your network, so that’s fine. The real problems start when Point B is suddenly deep within a country that is not particularly impressed with the limited nature of our cyberterrorism jurisdiction.
Also keep in mind that not only is data constantly in motion and moving between devices, but those devices are always in motion, too. Laptops are easy to steal, tablets get lost all the time, and phones are constantly being left in cabs, planes, parks, and free-range alpaca ranch visitor centers. Whenever those devices go missing, the company information on them is at risk.
Device management solution.
Microsoft 365 Business brings with it a device management solution powered by Microsoft Intune that helps keep your devices and data secure and your workers productive.
And, when I say “powered by Intune,” I don’t mean some watered-down version – I mean the full power of the product that’s used by Fortune 100 companies and which works across iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.
Intune is a great solution whether you need to wholly manage company-owned devices with Mobile Device Management or you’re using a lighter touch to manage company information on personal devices with Mobile Application Management.
Mobile Application Management is typically used for devices that are owned by your employees, like personal phones or laptops.
This type of management gives you control of company-owned email and files – but personal “data,” like pictures and texts, are not controlled with MAM.
With MAM, your workers can use their personal devices to do their job without worrying that IT is controlling it.
If a MAM device is ever lost or stolen, it’s simple to wipe all the corporate data from it.
Mobile Device Management is the best option if your organization issues company-owned devices to your employees for work use.
With MDM, you can centrally manage everything on the device, install apps on it, restrict the functions or usage, block recreational usage (kind of a buzzkill, but ok), just to name a few options.
As with MAM, if an MDM device is ever stolen, wiping the corporate data or doing a full factory reset is easy.
Either way your organization works, you’re covered.
With Microsoft 365 Business device management, you can enforce minimum security requirements for any device connecting to your network. This allows you to apply security policies and control where data is saved on a device, and you can selectively wipe the corporate data off a device if it’s lost or stolen.
Using Conditional Access, you can control which devices reach your Office 365 data, and allow or deny access depending on when the user is logging in, their location while attempting to access it, what apps they are using, and if it is outside of normal working hours. Parameters like these can automatically eliminate thousands of inbound threats.
The list of other security features just keeps going – and, with the regular security updates to Microsoft 365 Business, the list keeps getting better and longer. Like a friendly anaconda.
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secures your devices
Things you may be wondering about:
How does this solution know what data on a mobile device is company data vs personal data when a selective device wipe is performed?
The solution restricts company data to approved apps and accounts; so that Office 365 email is kept in Outlook and Office 365 files are kept in OneDrive for Business. This is the data that is deleted when a device wipe is triggered.