Why You Should Consider Microsoft 365 Premium Part 3: Endpoint Management (Intune)
If you’ve been reading this blog recently, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Microsoft 365 Business Premium: a productivity and collaboration suite with fantastic security features. Don’t believe us? Just look at the stats. Microsoft Office 365 controls nearly half of the office productivity software market. Its market share in 2021 was around an impressive 47.5%!
So far, we’ve talked about Premium’s security features and Autopilot feature. Now, we want to dive into the last big benefit of this subscription: Intune.
Chances are, your business handles sensitive data like personally identifiable information, intellectual property or credit card numbers. If this data gets into the wrong hands, you could be at risk of huge compliance fines, along with reputational damage and lost customer loyalty.
No one wants this to happen. At the same time, though, the age of remote working and cloud applications means that maintaining data security is harder than ever before. This is where Microsoft Intune becomes a savior.
What is Microsoft Intune?
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that gives organizations enhanced control over how employees interact with devices, applications and data, using a combination of mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) tools.
Intune integrates directly with all of Microsoft’s applications, like Teams, Azure and so on, to consistently protect data 24/7.
How does Microsoft Intune Work?
Microsoft Intune empowers organizations to better manage and monitor the devices their employees use – both company-owned and personal. You can control any device that is enrolled in Intune. The software also features fantastic personalization capabilities, meaning you can customize the level of control, visibility and protection the device receives.
Some features you can enable include multi-factor authentication, threat management, password requirements for certain applications and verification processes for accessing sensitive data.
Given the level of control Microsoft Intune gives organizations, you may find some employees hesitant to enroll their own devices in the program. Again, here, the personalization aspect of Intune is great. You can put in place settings that maintain data security without giving your organization visibility into how else your employee uses their personal devices.
What Does Microsoft Intune Look Like In Practice?
Here are the main features of Microsoft Intune:
- Enable secure bring your own device (BYOD) policies by protecting sensitive data on employee owned devices
- Prevent employees from accessing unknown or unsecured networks to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.
- Enforce security policies such as multi-factor authentication to enhance security.
- Use a ‘remote wipe’ function to wipe data from a company device in the event it has been lost or stolen.
- Gain a better understanding of how your employees use workplace applications through data analytics
- Roll out automatic updates to improve security instead of relying on individuals to remember to do so.
- Put in place data protection policies that restrict how users share, upload and download data. This reduces the likelihood of data leakage or theft, while also enhancing your compliance posture.
Benefits of Microsoft Intune
As you can see from the above, Microsoft Intune is designed to improve security in the hybrid world, enabling you to keep data safe no matter where your employees work from, whatever the device.
While security and compliance are certainly the headline benefits of this solution, there are other advantages too, including:
- Improve workplace agility: Intune empowers organizations to embrace innovation and the world of hybrid work by reducing the security risks associated with remote working.
- Adaptable: The software isn’t just for Windows. It can be used on iOS and Android too.
- Agile: Because Intune is cloud-based, it’s easy to scale up and down in line with team changes. It’s impossible to outgrow the software.
- Better employee experience: Giving your employees the freedom to work from anywhere, on their own device, is easier than ever before.
Ultimately, Microsoft Intune is all about giving your employees the freedom to work how and when they want to, while also ensuring your business maintains superb cybersecurity standards.
As we’ve already covered, Intune is just one of the amazing benefits of Microsoft 365 Business Premium. By purchasing this subscription plan, you’re equipping your people with the most collaborative, most secure and most efficient workplace platform out there.
However, like all of Microsoft’s advanced capabilities, getting the most out of Microsoft Intune requires specialist expertise and skills. Chances are, like many SMBs, you don’t have a whole IT team who can dedicate their time to deploying and managing Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
That’s where we come in. We’re Microsoft experts with the skills you need to unlock the full potential of Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
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We at C Solutions are here to help. We’ll set up Microsoft 365 for your business and get you started with Intune.
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