Tackling Cyber Security with Enterprise Mobility + Security

Mar 8, 2018 | Blog | 0 comments

The level of threat that exists for businesses of all sizes in today’s current cybersecurity landscape has never been greater. As such, organisations should be considering improving their security functions to protect existing on-premises infrastructures or in the cloud. Deploying a sophisticated security solution like Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) is now crucial for organisations of almost any size.

The fact is that all organisations today operate in a mobile-first world. Businesses want flexibility and 24/7 seamless accessibility to their IT systems. Employees are increasingly getting their work done with a mix of devices and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is also on the rise. However, with all the benefits that mobile working brings, companies are struggling with the issue of securely managing these devices and maintaining compliance with policies and regulation.

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Some of the key reasons to opt for improved cybersecurity include:

Regulation

In 2018 there will be changes to the way we use our data. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May, and will have a big impact on the way data is stored and accessed on employees’ mobile devices and how employers go about protecting it. EMS will undoubtedly play an essential part in bringing your businesses in line with new business processes and data laws.

Facing a greater threat

2017’s headline-grabbing WannaCry attack, which infected computer systems around the world, is just one example of the new wave of sophisticated cyberattacks that all businesses are now exposed to.

Both this attack and others like it, such as Petya malware and NotPetya ransomware have the potential to affect any unpatched Windows operating system and spread through corporate networks without user interaction, infecting businesses both in the cloud and their on-premises environment.

In the case of attacks like these, the applications that make up Microsoft’s advanced security protection would have the power to detect and manage the threat and reduce the risk.

For example, the National Health Service (NHS), one of the most newsworthy victims of the WannaCry cyberattack in May, could have been protected by Microsoft EMS.

Enterprise Mobility + Security helps manage these risks

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) is a cloud- based suite that unifies access management, device management and security management to give teams across an organisation the freedom to work from anywhere, while giving them the peace of mind that their systems are secure, and can be monitored and managed by their IT department.

The EMS platform is essential comprised of five distinct pillars: Azure Active Directory (Azure AD); Advanced Threat Protection (ATP); Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA); Microsoft Intune (MDM and MAM); Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS). These technologies allow businesses to better manage their mobile devices, apps, and the various user requirements associated with mobile working.

Enterprise Mobility + Security grants organisations greater visibility and control over mobile devices and the cloud-based applications that enable them. It goes much further than out-of-the-box security.

EMS focuses on user identity at the control level, powered by the Azure Active Directory. This results in an amplified set of management tools and security features that allows for better protection across an organisation’s IT infrastructure. These features include:

    • Perimeter controls and access controls
    • Mobile functionality – Mobile Device Management (MDM) – Intune and AirWatch
    • Application management
    • Classification and rights management – GDPR

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