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Why Enterprise Mobility + Security?

30 Nov 2016 by Isabel Ticlo

As we all know, a mobile enterprise is more than just devices, data and apps — it’s the people that make up your teams, build relationships and help you extend the reach of your organization. Therefore, it’s crucial that you find the right balance between protecting your employees while giving them the freedom to roam freely between apps and devices. Embedding identity-driven, flexible security solutions as part of your enterprise mobility solution strategy will empower your teams to confidently drive conversations, increase productivity and control initiatives.

Identity is the new control plane necessary for data protection. You have to clearly know who you are giving application access to so that you can effectively safeguard your high-value resources. Ultimately, being able to leverage solutions like risk-based conditional access will help you accurately assess user threat levels and make more secure decisions to protect information upfront — both on premises and in the cloud. 

Chart about what problems have companies encountered with cloud infrastructure in the past year like security, training, increased cost, downtime/limited availability, mobility, lost data, regulatory/compliance, scaling, authentication, none. For 2015
Security, training, increased cost, downtime/limited availability, mobility, lost data, regulatory/compliance, scaling, authentication, none. For 2015.

The cloud has opened new opportunities for organizations to scale quickly and easily, but security continues to be a sore spot for many businesses. Once an unwanted party breaks through front-line defenses, they’re dangerously close to sensitive data. Although some end users may have slipped through without malicious intent, there is now a risk of company data leaking through security wall cracks. Connected devices are crucial endpoints that may provide unauthorized access into your vital data. That’s why setting up a preventive system to control and protect your applications and data against user mistakes will give you the edge needed to succeed.

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), formerly known as Enterprise Mobility Suite, uses identity as the control plane to provide security around apps and resources that your employees need. Simplify and secure access, protect credentials and improve the user experiences with powerful identity-based security capabilities.

Protect data at the "front door."

In a mobile-first world, it isn’t uncommon for teammates to access work information on personal devices. On average, phones connect to about 160 unique servers each day, creating compromising situations and opportunities for password leaks or phishing attacks. Solutions for security start with identity protection capabilities to secure access at the “front door” of your company’s devices, apps and data.

Azure Active Directory Identity Protection leverages a plethora of signals to provide risk-based conditional access to your applications and critical data, including options for multifactor authentication. It also helps you manage and protect privileged accounts with Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management so you can discover, restrict and monitor privileged identities and their access to resources.

Safeguard against user mistakes.

Sometimes, the heart of the security problem can be traced back to negligence by employees who don’t follow good password practices or company protocols. 

Chart about the biggest threats to endpoint security in organizations like Negligent or careless employees who do not follow security policies, the number of employees and others using multiple mobile devices in the workplace has increased, employees' use of commercial cloud applications in the workplace, more personal devices connected to the network (BYOD), malware infections are more stealthy and difficult to detect, the number of insecure mobile devices used in the workplace had increased, attack lateral movement once a gap in protection is compromises, unknown or previously unseen threats in the environment are difficult to detect with legacy endpoint technology. For 20016. Ponemon Institute.
Negligent or careless employees who do not follow security policies, the number of employees and others using multiple mobile devices in the workplace has increased, employees' use of commercial cloud applications in the workplace, more personal devices connected to the network (BYOD), malware infections are more stealthy and difficult to detect, the number of insecure mobile devices used in the workplace had increased, attack lateral movement once a gap in protection is compromises, unknown or previously unseen threats in the environment are difficult to detect with legacy endpoint technology. For 20016. Ponemon Institute.

A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute found that careless employees, commercial cloud applications and personal devices were the top three threats organizations faced for endpoint security. While combating the rise of sophisticated cyberthreats, many companies must also be wary of internal users who may accidentally create tunnels for unwanted information traffic. By creating a highly visible environment that provides complete access to user and data activity, you can more effectively and efficiently protect your company from users who make poor choices as they work with critical data.

Microsoft Cloud App Security, part of the E5 EMS bundle, provides unmatched cloud app visibility and control, including popular Software as a Service (SaaS) apps like Box, Salesforce, ServiceNow and, of course, Office 365. With the new Azure Information Protection, formerly known as Azure Rights Management or RMS, you have a system that combines classification and labeling with persistent data protection to enable secure file sharing, internally and externally. Finally, Microsoft Intune Mobile App Management (MAM) helps you prevent data loss on mobile devices, with the unique ability to manage Office mobile apps without requiring device enrollment.

Detect attacks before they cause damage.

As more organizations start to adopt preventive measures against the idea of potential breaches, the power to identify attackers in your organization using predictive analytics and anomaly detection technologies saves more time and money than ever before. On-premise solutions like Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics and cloud solutions like Azure Active Directory and Cloud App Security provide a comprehensive approach that still meets end user needs for multiple access types from any device while protecting sensitive information.

EMS has you covered from all angles.

Are you using multiple vendors for identity and data protection? Do you have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place? EMS and identity-driven security solutions are designed to help users keep devices compliant and safe, provide advanced reporting alerts of suspicious IP addresses and device logins, detect anomalies in authentication traffic and provide enterprise-grade visibility, control and protection across applications. Learn how you can deliver a complete identity and device management solution at a lower cost of ownership with EMS.