“They’re less interested in actually managing the devices and more interested in securing the applications and data on the devices. The Irish workforce is now very tech-savvy — people like these devices and enjoy using them,” he said. “They want to be able to access corporate resources and this is actually not a bad thing – they just want to do their jobs. Those of us in IT shouldn’t prevent this proliferation of devices, we should embrace and manage it and empower users to work as they would prefer. “Those companies that haven’t done this yet should prioritise it for 2018.”
At the most basic level, companies without proper enterprise mobility strategies need to prevent their data being compromised due to lost or stolen devices, and policies should include the usual features like password protection and encryption. “However, it isn’t enough to just secure the device. It’s vital that the data and the user’s identity are also protected. As a Microsoft partner, we used Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security suite to implement secure solutions for our customers,” Hampson said.
This suite of applications includes components which provide user identity management, mobile device and mobile application management and data protection on the move using rights management. “We’re noticing a trend in the deployment of modern device management. Traditional management typically uses technologies such as active directory, group policy and systems center configuration manager (SCCM) to provide deep manageability and security,” said Hampson. “Now, instead of this, we’re seeing a simplified approach become popular using cloud-based solutions like Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, which includes Azure AD Premium and Intune. It’s complemented by cloud services like Azure Information Protection, Office 365 and Microsoft Store for Business.”
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