Our lives are complicated, in part, because we have multiple digital tools on multiple devices, each typically with its own password requirements. The solution for most of us is to use the same password across multiple devices. This poses a problem particularly for IT administrators that are tasked with improving cybersecurity. On the flip side, having multiple passwords is not only hard to keep track of, it also results in a lot of password resets and frustration for the end-user.
Small Business Trends lays out the stats for us: around 3.9 million employees spend at least half the week working remotely. While this has been a terrific benefit for employees, there are drawbacks for IT managers. Instead of managing LANs and WANs, we’ve expanded our networks to include multi-device, multi-location, dispersed teams.
There has been an evolution in mobile device management from the big stick approach that tries to manage employee personal devices to the more granular mobile application management. Wired had an article on MDM vs. MAM and said, “taking a command-and-control approach to managing mobile devices that are typically owned by employees has turned out to be a misguided strategy.”
Microsoft Intune is part of the Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite, which provides mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) in the cloud. Microsoft Intune helps businesses manage all of the devices accessing their network while controlling access to corporate data and improving IT security.
This article will look at Microsoft Intune features to provide you with an understanding of how to best use this tool.
IT has a tough job these days. It’s caught between users that want easy access and the necessity of protecting data from encroachment in an ever-widening network where personal devices are seeking access just as frequently as an in-house desktop.