Nowadays, more and more businesses are open to the principle of bringing your own device (BYOD) to the workplace. But while this undoubtedly improves overall employee productivity, it’s a serious strain on your IT department—particularly the ones in charge of data security. Every device integrated with your company’s network represents a potential security breach, especially if it isn’t monitored or controlled.
With companies forced to evolve in a complicated landscape while simultaneously dealing with application deployment, privacy, device management, and the like, every piece of tech or equipment that can streamline workflows and simplify processes is a godsend. Unfortunately, this is why cloud-based apps for businesses are a double-edged sword: they offer convenience for team members but represent a serious problem for managers.
That’s why you need Microsoft EMS in your business.
What is Microsoft EMS?
Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) is one of the newest products in Microsoft’s portfolio. It is available via the Microsoft Enterprise Volume Purchasing plan and offers these four cloud-based applications:
- Azure Active Directory Premium – an application that manages identity rights
- Microsoft Intune – manages MDM and mobile application management (MAM)
- Azure Rights Management – deals with document and data security
- Microsoft Advanced Threat Analysis – monitors potential malware attacks in real-time
How Does Microsoft EMS Help?
Protecting information, addressing new cyber-attacks, and managing identity and devices have turned into complicated platforms. They all require governance planning with regards to identity management and security. Through the use of Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, businesses can manage and protect not only valuable data but also its users, devices, and apps.
Companies can use this integrated suite to manage everyone who has access to corporate resources while still securing customer and business information in real time, from virtually any location.
3 Ways Microsoft EMS Protects Users
You can label, classify and protect data right after you create it. There are policies that can intuitively tag and manage data according to its source, content, and context. You have the option of fully automating the process of classification or making it user-driven. Once you finish categorizing and cataloging data, protection is automatically applied.
Let’s be real – we all hate remembering different IDs and passwords. The best way to avoid forgetting your credentials is by using a single sign-on authentication for several applications. This is why it helps to have on-premises identity management technologies such as the Microsoft Active Directory.
Connecting all SaaS applications directly to your on-premises identity management technology could lead to having all cloud applications linked to your Active Directory. This spells potential chaos for your operations.
Thanks to Microsoft, you now have a much simpler approach. A cloud solution is readily available for your identity management needs: the Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium. While your on-premises directory service is still important, you have the option of connecting it to Azure AD and it will remain directly connected to all SaaS applications.
Mobile device management has become an essential operation for most businesses. In the mobile device management (MDM) feature, you can manage devices through Office 365’s Security and Compliance Center. You also have the ability to manage apps on those devices by using mobile application management (MAM), a subset of MDM.
Overall, Microsoft EMS is designed to integrate seamlessly into the standard IT processes of any business, regardless of size or industry. And in this age of information, data is a precious resource that cannot be compromised. As long as your organization depends on cloud-based software, you’re sure to benefit from all four components working together.