Securing Mobile Employees with Microsoft Intune
As more companies adopt a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) working environment, awareness surrounding end-user security has continued to increase. How do employers ensure their data and network, accessed from multiple end-points, remains secure? And what is the best means of protecting employees from malicious vectors such as SPAM and malware? Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite + Security (EMS) was specifically designed to alleviate this concern. EMS is a management system that monitors and secures mobile devices while providing a single sign-on for mobile, SaaS, and on-premises apps such as Exchange and SharePoint. From compliance solutions to granular access levels, Intune ensures that your employees are working safely, wherever the job takes them.
As a sub-section of Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, Intune is responsible for managing mobile devices and applications. Essentially, Intune was created to secure company data by actively managing how said data is accessed and shared. The cloud-service achieves this by:
- Restricting what users can do, in-app, with corporate information (such as copying/pasting, saving, and viewing). If a user wants to save information, it can only be done between secured locations.
- Removing company data from mobile apps in a process called "selective" or "corporate" wipe. This removal does not impact personal information stored on the device.
- Keeping personal information separate from corporate IT awareness.
Intune allows employer data to be managed at the application-layer, eliminating the need to secure entire devices. Reflecting the diversity of employee platforms, Intune works for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS devices.
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Intune's mobile management reinforces a culture of compliance in the following ways:
- Devices must be enrolled for management: This allows company IT to measure device compliance, app inventory, and usage.
- Establish app protection policies: These policies outline how and to what degree user devices will be managed. This transparency fosters a more cyber-aware working environment and employee buy-in.
- Reliable security updates: Through mobile application management, apps are regularly configured and updated with the latest security and productivity features.
- Data loss prevention: Intune actively prevents accidental or intentional data corruption by requiring encryption for managed app storage.
Beyond the in-app experience, Intune also allows for granular policies that outline conditional access. This role-based administrative control segments employees based on their position and assignments. Access can be determined/adjusted according to: device compliance, location, risk, and app sensitivity. End-user security can be further strengthened by implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA).
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Integrating with Azure
Intune is accessible via the Azure portal (pictured below). This provides an integrated dashboard for all EMS components, and allows employers to: find users, locate devices, set groups, create compliance and configuration policies, and manage on-premises and conditional access. These access settings leverage Azure Advanced Directory (AD) for integrated ease of use.
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Securing Your Employees
In the mobile age, you can't afford the consequences of unsecured devices. The ideal defense-in-depth strategy is a multi-layered one. For Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, Intune is an essential layer on this road to a secured, compliant workforce. Remember, Intune and EMS:
- Enforce policies to improve data security.
- Use behavior based analytics for proactive cybersecurity intelligence.
- Protect information from unauthorized access, both internal and external.
- Enhance the security of your cloud-based and on-premises environments.
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