It’s no surprise that modern employees demand the freedom to work from anywhere and at any time. We’ve written about it here, here and here. Gone are the days when the IT team only had to manage a single desktop or laptop for each employee. Today, just over 50% of workers across 17 countries use three or more devices to get their jobs done, according to Microsoft. And for employees, it doesn’t matter if they’re using their iPad or their laptop, an Android device or an iPhone, they expect to be able to be productive across a multitude of device types. And it’s business’ role to ensure they can do so. Safely, of course.
Here’s where the problem comes in – the same Microsoft research revealed that about 80% of employees admit to using apps on these mobile devices to do their jobs even though this software is not approved by their IT team. In order for businesses to give employees the access they need without putting the organisation at risk, a mobile device management solution like Microsoft Intune is necessary – Intune, which is available as part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite – Can be an incredible asset to the modern organisation with a mobile workforce.
A secure, cloud-based solution that allows employees to work on devices of their choice, using the apps they prefer, Intune makes it easy to manage a range of devices with no fuss at all.
With Intune, you can:
Manage mobile devices
It doesn’t matter what mobile devices, operating systems or apps are being used, with Intune you can easily manage your organisation’s security needs. This is increasingly important given the growing popularity of bring your own device (BYOD). Some of this security functionality includes limiting the number of failed password attempts, limiting the amount of time before the screen locks, setting password expiration dates and preventing the use of previously used passwords.
Similarly, you also control the use of certain hardware and software features so that users can’t take screenshots of confidential information, for example. In addition to this, when using Intune, your mobile device management team can erase sensitive data or lock a device should it be lost of stolen.
Manage mobile apps
When company information is involved, you need to keep a handle on what apps could put this information in danger. With Intune, you can specify which apps users are allowed to install and which apps are noncompliant. Similarly, with browser management, you can control what websites users can visit by managing browser configuration policies. From a mobile application management perspective, you can stipulate certain app restrictions to keep corporate data safe; things like external data backups and the transfer of data between apps should be monitored and controlled.
Users want to be able to easily access corporate networks and their email on their mobile devices. For business, the main priority is that they are given this access, securely. With conditional access, only managed and compliant devices are allowed to access corporate email and files. Devices that aren’t managed by Intune or fail to comply with IT policies are blocked.
As BYOD explodes, IT managers need all the help they can get in order to cope with all of these new and different devices. At Nebula, it’s our job to help our clients optimise their entire telecoms infrastructure. To find out more about what we do, complete the form below and we’ll get back to you.