There are many reasons to allow employees to access their company accounts from anywhere. Such accessibility improves collaboration and raises productivity by enabling employees to work even while out of the office.
However, it’s hard to deny the increased vulnerability of company information when using mobile devices. Cyberattacks are on the rise, and mobile devices aren’t exempt from their list of targets. Luckily, Microsoft 365 Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a great way to protect your business.
In this article, learn the benefits of MDM for Microsoft 365 and everything you should know if you wish to use Microsoft 365 remotely.
Benefits of Mobile Device Management for Microsoft 365
MDM for Microsoft 365 is an inbuilt function that helps you manage all devices that wish to access Microsoft accounts, remotely or otherwise. With this function, a business can support remote and hybrid work environments and even Bring-Your-Own-Device arrangements in the workplace.
These are some benefits of MDM for Microsoft 365:
- It supports many devices and operating systems: iOS 7.1 or later on Apple devices, Android devices with Android 4 or later, and Windows mobile, laptops, and PCs, with Windows 8.1 or later.
- You can create your security policies and deploy them to secure your data from any threats.
- You can set up a device status policy where users enroll to access their Microsoft 365 accounts and block non-compliant or inactive devices.
- You can remotely access and delete all corporate data from enrolled devices, e.g., when stolen or the employee leaves.
- You can block apps that MDM cannot access using Microsoft 365 email.
- You can specify your own password requirements, multi-factor authentication, and other security settings.
- You can continuously review the status of enrolled devices and remove them when they are no longer needed.
Why Your Business Needs MDM for Microsoft 365
There are three main reasons to use MDM for Microsoft 365:
- Better security—MDM ensures your company retains control of corporate data even on mobile devices used remotely. You can implement specific policies to enhance these protections and manage them from a centralized dashboard.
- Lower costs—MDM enables organizations to embrace cost-cutting measures like Device-as-a-Service and BYOD to decrease capital expenses without risking internal system security.
- Better efficiency—the central management of MDM reduces the resources and time costs of IT administration. You can implement a consistent mobile experience for all employees, update security settings, and change device access in a single place.
Tips for Choosing MDM for Microsoft 365
Think about enlisting the help of a cybersecurity services provider to help you create and implement your organizational security policies on MDM for Microsoft 365 if you don’t have one already. It’s important to answer the following questions to get the right picture of your business needs:
- What is your budget for managed cybersecurity services?
- What level of control do you need across all employee devices?
- How much work will users need to perform on mobile devices; what level of access do they need?
- What other internal business applications will remote users need?
- Do your users need to have internet/intranet access on their devices?
- How will your mobile app management policies be enforced on both enrolled and unenrolled devices?
Using the above information, you can determine what your remote access needs and the services you need from a cybersecurity expert.
Final Word: iTology’s MDM Services
If your employees use their devices remotely–and this has likely happened at some point in the last year following pandemic-related business closures–you may be risking your organizational data. There are high costs to any data breach and not just financial costs.
At iTology, we can help you to set up your MDM policies so that you can take full advantage of your Microsoft 365 subscription to secure your remote working environment.