Using Mobile Device Management (MDM) to secure your remote workforce

How many mobile or remote devices does your business manage? Of those devices, how many have access to critical business applications and data? And of those, how many are missing critical patches, firmware updates or endpoint encryption and anti-virus software? And of those, how many can be effectively remotely managed or even wiped in the event of hardware loss or theft?

If you are struggling to answer any or all of these questions with surety and confidence – it’s time to review your approach to Mobile Device Management (MDM).

Why is Mobile Device Management important?

mdm-(5).jpgWith the shift towards mobile and cloud computing and just about everyone demanding to work from anywhere at any time, organisations are being pushed to revaluate their entire approach to data and device security.

While the premise of deploying endpoint antivirus agents and purchasing hardware with drive encryption is all still relevant, there is now a need to extend the “multi-layered security” approach, commonplace on backend infrastructure, to remote devices.

At Kiandra, we have seen a huge shift towards Microsoft 365 products and services to provide remote access to corporate data. While these services are fantastic in allowing your people to truly work from anywhere at any time, too often we speak with new clients that have not given enough thought to the security and management of their new 365 environments.

spiderman-(3).jpgAs Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker – “With great power comes great responsibility” – to that end, Microsoft have recognised that by providing these new avenues for people to access corporate data, they also need to provide tools to secure and manage this effectively.

Microsoft MDM and Intune (yes they are two separate things) should be at the forefront of all discussions on existing or new Microsoft 365 tenancies. Depending on your requirements, they do offer a few different features.

Microsoft MDM, which is included with many Office 365 commercial subscriptions, allows organisations to ensure corporate email and data is only accessed on corporate devices, and importantly, has the ability to remove 365 company data from employee devices amongst other things.

While Microsoft Intune takes security and management to the next level, with features such as simplified corporate app deployment, secure web browsing and helping users securely access corporate resources with certificates, Wi-Fi, VPN and email profiles.

How to stay up-to-date on Mobile Device Management

Microsoft are continually enhancing their offerings around MDM. Staying up-to-date on all of these changes and their impact on your ability to manage and secure your organisation’s environment could be a full-time job in itself. That’s where Kiandra can help by providing a detailed review of your existing Microsoft 365 tenancy or future requirements to ensure the right considerations are put in place to effectively manage and secure your remote workforce.

Feel free to email me directly or fill out a Contact form to discuss next steps on securing your mobile devices and corporate data.