In our post-Coronavirus pandemic ‘new normal’ more and more of us working remotely – usually from home. Which means being able to manage the devices your people and your business use has become a key issue to address. That’s because working from home and your team having their own devices connected to your office network both make your business more vulnerable to cyberattack. However, Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based device management tool that allows you to manage all your devices and mobile applications, from anywhere, at any time. This includes, the ability to add additional password requirements, wipe data from stolen devices and many more data breach prevention measures. Crucially, Intune can also be used on your people’s personal devices so that they can be used for work purposes; even to the extent that it can isolate work data from personal data.
In this blog post, then, we’re going to tell you more about Microsoft Intune – what it is and what it can do for your employees working in a remote work world.
Understanding Microsoft Intune and what it can do for your remote workforce
A component of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) offering and integrating seamlessly with Microsoft 365, Azure Active Directory and other Microsoft services, Intune enables you to bolster your business’s cybersecurity defences by giving you control of the devices and applications connected to your network. It’s all very flexible and easily and quickly done via the Cloud, too. So in this blog post about Microsoft Intune, you’ll discover what it is and what it can do for your business.
Microsoft Intune in action
As we outlined above, Microsoft Intune uses Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM), to enable you to control all the devices and applications connected to your business network.
This isn’t for any sinister or draconian reasons but merely to enable you to better protect your business from the many cybersecurity threats out there. As experts in work from home IT support, we know this is particularly important for your people working from home who use their own equipment to do so – as has become prevalent during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Microsoft Intune is packed with data security features
Microsoft Intune provides you with a wide range of data security measures that help you and your team to work more flexibly and effectively. These include:
- Giving your people ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) status, so they can use their own equipment in the work environment. Intune can be deployed on to their devices without them having to enroll in the service, and it still enables your people to work in this way without endangering your corporate data.
- Providing the ability to enhance your cybersecurity with additional password requirements and security layers by implementing specialised data protection applications, such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) and same-sign on (SSO). The latter means your people only have to login once to gain access to all the applications and files they need.
- Wiping data from lost and stolen devices. As the IT support partner of choice for many London businesses, we know from experience how important this safeguard is. Indeed, research from 2018 confirms this, as some 86% of IT practitioners reported that a colleague had their laptop lost or stolen, with 56% of them reporting a data breach as a result.
- Simplifying the management and implementation of updates, patches and fixes to devices and apps – which often get overlooked in busy business environments – and which all help to mitigate security vulnerabilities. Note that when clients make us their remote IT support partner, we undertake all such updates on their behalf.
- Restricting which of your people can access what devices and data with tailored policies based on your needs and the conditions you establish. These can include variables such as location, user, device, app sensitivity and real-time risk.
- Implementing a selection of additional protection policies that range from preventing e-mails being sent to users outside of your business and controlling the way your team shares information to establishing password requirements.
Why Microsoft Intune makes sense for remote workers
While Microsoft Intune has proven an extremely successful at helping businesses to better protect their data in the ways we’ve highlighted above. But it’s been during the Coronavirus pandemic and the resultant meteoric rise in remote working, that this tool has really proven its worth – as our experience in the work from home IT support arena has demonstrated.
Intune has enabled people to continue to work effectively and securely, no matter where they are, what device they’re using or the time of day. That meant they were able to check e-mails, access calendars and contacts, and collaborate with colleagues all as per usual.
There’s little doubt then that Microsoft Intune will continue to prove its worth as more and more of us continue to give up on the office and work at home. Especially when you consider the many benefits the tool delivers for small to medium-sized businesses up and down the UK. Which brings us nicely on to…
Enhancing remote working
Technology experts and commentators have praised Microsoft Intune for its ability to boost overall business productivity by streamlining processes and efficiency. As experts in delivering IT support, we’d readily agree with that assessment.
It’s also highly rated for enhancing remote working because Microsoft Azure can enable you to share, deploy, use and manage your data, safely and securely, right across your team.
And as Intune works seamlessly with the hugely popular Microsoft 365 collaboration platform, many organisations could rapidly leverage its potential and gain access to a range of innovative and enhanced Microsoft apps.
More specific business benefits of Microsoft Intune include:
Microsoft Intune is compatible with all devices and software, including iOS, Android and Windows, so it’s highly adaptable and means you can continue to use the systems you’ve always used.
You set your specific security requirements – including which members of your team can use their own devices for work purposes – and Microsoft Intune will require all your apps and devices to comply with them. It can also keep corporate and personal data separate from each other, helping to keep both safe and secure.
By enabling your team to access applications from any device, at any time, from just about anywhere they can find secure Wi-Fi, they can maintain optimal productivity wherever they find themselves working, whether that’s from the office or from their home.
Your security policies can be applied seamlessly across different departments and individuals with Microsoft Intune, so it’s fast and easy to secure new and existing devices even when you’ve a lot of them.
Microsoft Intune can evolve and grow as your business does, so once it’s in place you don’t need to worry about making changes to your setup or outgrowing its capabilities.
With Microsoft Intune you are in control. It gives you the ability to manage how your devices and data are used, by whom and in what way, all with the additional ability to tailor policies to the needs of your business and its operations.
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Microsoft Intune gives you the opportunity to protect your data whilst boosting productivity, efficiency and effectiveness right across your business, wherever your people are, making it a must if your team is to make the most of remote working.
As an IT support partner to numerous businesses, a Microsoft Partner and having undertaken countless implementations, migrations and upgrades to Microsoft 365 and all its tools, we’re ideally positioned to help you fully leverage Microsoft Intune. What’s more, we’re Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001 certified, so we have an unrivalled understanding of the cybersecurity challenges – especially if you have people working remotely.
In fact, WFH IT Support (shorthand for Work From Home IT Support) was set up specifically for businesses whose people work at home or remotely – wherever they are in the UK – as long as they use Cloud-based solutions, such as Microsoft 365 or Google Google Workspace.
WFH IT Support is a specialist capability of the totality services team, one of most trusted remote IT support companies in London, whose IT professionals have earned two consecutive Feefo Gold Trusted Service Awards, Five Star ratings from both Trustpilot and Google, and a 98% client retention rate.
Isn’t it time you gave UK’s remote IT support partner of choice a call for a confidential, no obligation discussion about what Microsoft Intune could do for your business? Get started today.