Device management can often be overlooked when considering company security, but with multiple devices being used to conduct business, it’s in the best interests of the company to put a complete device management and security policy in place. Microsoft 365 makes this so much easier with multiple features that offer the peace of mind you need when managing business from a variety of devices, whether remote or on-premises.
In the mobile-first world we’re living in, Microsoft Intune offers proper support, mobile management and comprehensive protection for users working within the mobile environment. Giving your employees the flexibility to work remotely, or from other devices doesn’t have to come with security risks. Regardless of how complex your mobile work environment is, Microsoft Intune’s cloud-based capabilities can handle it.
All devices used for business purposes can be managed within the admin center, regardless of whether they are Android, iPhone or run on MacOS. Ensure that employees are aware of all risks associated with working on mobile devices by having them accept the company and security terms and conditions before being enrolled on the Intune network.
Microsoft Intune has all the features of Mobile Device Management for Office 365 (below) as well as a few additional capabilities. Users that have access via Intune can have secure and monitored access to company information through certificate, Wi-Fi, email and VPN profiles.
An Intune-managed browser app ensures that any Internet browsing done for work purposes is done so securely, and any required business apps can be deployed to those who need them. All Intune-managed apps are managed under a unique set of protection policies that are geared towards mobile device management. Certain functions, such as restricting copy and paste functions, configuring all URLs to open within the managed browser, and conditional access, all work towards ensuring that sensitive company information is kept safe at all times, regardless of which device it’s being accessed from.
Determine what company resources each user can access and also sort these according to category, only giving each user access to the information they need to carry out their business roles. Multi-factor authentication will add that additional layer of protection and sense of reassurance.
Mobile Device Management For Windows 10 Devices
All mobile devices need to be as secure as the entire business system, and this is done with the help of Mobile Device Management (MDM). MDM is built into Office 365 and helps your business manage security policies and all business applications without compromising the user’s personal safety or privacy on the mobile device.
This Mobile Device Management system offers restricted remote access, inbox security technology, credential security control, legacy technology policies and the restriction of legacy technology use. It can be used and managed on Android and Windows devices, as well as those running on Mac iOS.
With MDM, you can relax in the knowledge that your business information, emails and documents can only ever be accessed by mobile phones that have been enabled on the system. So, if an email falls into the wrong hands, attempts to open it will be futile and your business information will remain as secure as if it’s kept under permanent lock and key.
All security policies and access control are managed from the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, where you can also add additional security policies at will. Device-level pin-lock and jailbreak detection will help you identify when or if any unauthorized access is taking place, even if a company device has fallen into the wrong hands. On top of that, you can also remote wipe any business information from a device with a moment’s notice, while still keeping any personal data and information completely intact.
System Center Configuration Manager
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), is a centralized location that allows the business to enable employees to work on the devices they choose. Enable devices in remote locations while still operating within the security of the business and practices.
This single administration panel gives your business control over which devices are used, where they are used and who they are used by. This includes servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. You can maintain full company compliance, no matter where your business information is being accessed from and regardless of the device. SCCM allows you to manage everything remotely, keeping business operations completely streamlined and managed on the go.
It doesn’t matter if devices or systems are on company premises or not, SCCM’s cloud-based functionality gives you full control at all times.
With Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager, your IT team can only work more effectively. Manual IT tasks are now reduced making work hours more efficient. Software deployment is simple, secure and scalable. This also makes sure that employees are able to access the correct software when they need it, which enhances their levels of productivity while minimizing any time wasted.
All existing Microsoft technologies can integrate seamlessly with System Center Configuration Manager. This includes Microsoft Intune, DNS, Exchange Server and Exchange Online, Certificate Services, Remote Desktop, Remote Assistant, Windows Deployment Services, Windows Group Policy, and Windows Server Update Services.
SCCM can affect every system on your company network, which makes it an incredibly powerful management tool that controls your entire organization. With this in mind, it’s important to map out a strategy and deployment plan to ensure that business requirements are properly met.
Windows Server CAL Rights
CAL stands for Client Access License and is a license that allows you to use the Microsoft 365 commercial software. It gives users access to services on the server. Client Access Licenses ensure that all employees and members of your team are given the appropriate access they require to carry out their roles.
Managing licenses can become a cumbersome task, which is why Microsoft have enabled two means to manage this: device-based CAL (Device CAL) or a user-based CAL (User CAL). Unique business scenarios can also be accommodated with the use of an External Connector (EC) license.
Every employee that requires some form of access to the server will need a CAL. With User CALs, the employee might use one or four different devices for accessing the server, but only one CAL is required per employee. Where Device CALs are concerned, one is required per device, but this can be used by multiple users. If your business has employees that share devices when working shifts, such as in a call center, the Device CAL is your best bet. External Connector licenses are ideal for supporting suppliers, contractors or even clients who might need access to your systems periodically.
This kind of flexibility allows you to choose what suits your business, the business requirements, and also your budget.