Enterprise Mobility + Security

Brandon Blake Blog

Today, the topic of cybersecurity has moved from IT and the datacenter to the highest levels of the boardroom. Attacks and threats have grown substantially more sophisticated in frequency and severity.

What’s at stake?

Everything from customer privacy to brand identity, executive’s reputations and beyond. Without a strong defense system in place, the identities and bank accounts of individuals can be hacked, businesses stand to lose customers, and companies can lose control of trade secrets, intellectual property, their competitive edge, and even their standing in the stock market.

I’m excited to write about a security solution that is available called the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) which provides an identity-driven security solution that offers a holistic approach to the security challenges in this mobile-first, cloud-first era. This Microsoft technology helps you protect your organization, it’s customer’s and also helps identify breaches before they cause damage. The IT industry understands and believes that IT organizations will dedicate at least 25% of their software budget to mobile application development, deployment, and management in 2017. You may already be dealing with this in your current budget.

Security in layers

The vision you want to have includes management and protection across four key layers: users, device, app, and data – for both your employees, business partners, and customers.

The strategy is to ensure management across these layers while ensuring your employees, business partners, and customers by providing access to everything they need from everything; protecting corporate data across email and collaboration apps all while integrating these new capabilities with what you already have like Active Directory and System Center.

Mobility tools are often point solutions that address specific security needs, but even multiple point solutions are still disconnected from one another, leaving cracks. I believe you should have an integrated mobility solution that provides security across multiple layers. You should have a comprehensive set of tolls that use identity as a control plane, provide the visibility and insights required to quickly pinpoint and resolve issues or threats, and simplify mobile device and application management.

The key is to simplify identity management by creating a single set of credentials for each worker, making it easier to apply identity-based security measures, including conditional access policies and multi-factor authentication. Identity based security reporting, auditing, and alerting offer greater visibility so you can spot potential issues.

Did you know that 200+ days is the average amount of time that attackers reside within your network until they are detected, gathering classified data and information, waiting to strike at just the right moment?

The 2013 Verizon data breach investigation report found that more than 75% of network intrusions exploit weak or stolen credentials. 200+ days. That’s the average amount of time that attackers reside within your network until they are detected, gathering classified data and information, waiting to strike at just the right moment. The right security solutions should help you identify breaches and threats using behavioral analysis and provides a clear, actionable report on a simple attack timeline.

Would you like to be able to encourage your workers to use secure applications for work — even on personal devices?

You can by providing the Office tools they know and love. Management capabilities built into Office make it easier to protect company information. Conditional access policies restrict actions such as copy, paste, edit, and save —ensuring that workers only access corporate files through approved, managed apps and not personal workarounds where information can be corrupted or leaked. Sharing is a mainstay of collaboration for the mobile workforce, but poses a serious challenge to security. Encryption, rights management, and authorization policies can be applied to any file type and remain with the data, wherever it goes and even in motion. Only authorized users can access protected files, and only on the sender’s terms.

Are you trying to meet new business challenges with the flexibility of a cloud-first mobility solution? The cloud services available today are designed to work seamlessly with your on-premises infrastructure and existing investments. Stay ahead of your BYOD workers with rapid release cycles to support the latest devices and apps. Scale quickly to onboard new hires, devices, apps, and more. It’s fast, it’s cost-effective, and it’s always up-to-date.  Manage across multiple OS types (iOS, Android, Windows) and thousands of cloud apps.

Is Identity the new control plane for security and management in the mobile-first, cloud-first world? The common belief is that it in fact is the new control plane and with a simplified identity management solution you can create a single set of credentials for each worker, making it easier to apply identity-based security measures, including conditional access policies and multi-factor authentication. Identity based security reporting, auditing, and alerting offer greater visibility so you can spot potential issues.

In summary, IT cannot afford to live in the past. Successful businesses of today (and tomorrow) realize the power of mobility to support employee productivity and collaboration. You need to prepare to mitigate the risks of providing freedom and space to your employees. You need to meet compliance and regulatory standards, maintain company security policies and requirements, and detect threats — all the while giving workers a better and more productive experience, so that they’re motivated to follow protocol. You need an enterprise mobility partner that can help you achieve all of this, so that everyone is a winner, and your business stays out of the headlines.