Mobile working is something that has been in the pipeline for a long time but has generally not created the clear value that has prompted the investment required. In today's changing working environment, the conditions for flexible working are more or less required to meet the expectations of productivity and security in order to be competitive in the sector in which one operates. This is where Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) comes in.
Microsoft EMS consists of a number of services that together enable a mobile way of working.
- A secure identity is essential to ensure that the right person has access to the right information, and Azure Active Directory Premium provides that guarantee. It also comes with features for increased productivity such as Single-Sign On (SSO) and risk-based identity protection for conditional access.
- Managed devices and applications provide the security that users are using secure applications on secure devices, and Microsoft Intune provides that security. Secure access to applications in the cloud can be further enhanced in the form of Microsoft Cloud App Security.
- The information being processed can also be protected by Azure Information Protection, which not only classifies, encrypts and tracks information, but also ensures that unauthorised access is denied. This can also be done automatically based on a framework tailored to the organisation.
- The final piece of the puzzle is the identities and potential vulnerabilities in the local environment that may be present in a hybrid deployment, and Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics provides that security.
The image below shows an overview of the EMS plans and what is included in each plan.
Of course, there are other players with similar products, so what is it that sets EMS apart?
Office 365 integration
Because EMS is a Microsoft product, no other vendor has the deep integration with Office 365 that EMS has. Adding Office 365 is really only half the battle while EMS complements it with mobility and security features that help create the overall experience, such as the following:
- Conditional access to e.g. Exchange, OneDrive and SharePoint
- Tracking documents for use
- Automatic action if username and password fall into the wrong hands
It may sound trivial, but if you're talking efficiency, there's no alternative to recognition. It's not just about adoption, it's also about usage, and if users recognise the applications and trust their functionality, the outcome is all the better. Since no other player can handle Office applications from Microsoft, EMS again stands out from the rest.
As EMS covers the whole area of mobility and security, one might get the impression that it is a huge task to implement. But that's really the strength. For example, you can choose to start with securing the identities and then move on to the devices. Once that's in place, you go on to implement rules on the applications and at a later stage you start securing the information, such as email or documents. Or you do it the other way around. The point is that you can pick and choose between functions and there is really no limit to how far you can go or in what order you do it. The important thing is that it's a smooth and efficient experience for all parties involved, and EMS is the easy choice.
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