One of the main tasks of your IT team is to ensure that all employee devices are safe and up-to-date. But with the shift to remote work, this has become an uphill battle for companies that do not have a comprehensive mobile device management strategy. The internal IT team is trying to coordinate multiple platforms across different types of devices, each of which poses a unique threat to enterprise data. As cyber threats continue to evolve and remote platforms continue to push updates, your team may spend too much time trying to track all these endpoints. 

What is Mobile Device Management? 

The main goal of MDM software is to ensure the security of your business data. MDM enables organizations to remotely wipe information from lost or stolen devices, track devices, and enforce passwords, which are critical to maintaining data security. In device management, there are three key implementation areas: 

Mobile Device Management (MDM) :- Companies used this software to control, lock and enforce policies on smartphones and tablets.

Mobile Application Management (MAM) is software that applies to specific applications rather than the entire device. With MAM, IT departments can lock, control, and protect applications on the device, while users can still use all other content on the device. 

Mobile Information Management (MIM) :- A cloud-based service that can synchronize multiple files and document devices.

With the full development of remote work, the integration of these endpoint security tools is more important than ever. Mobile application management software enables your IT team to isolate company-specific applications, such as Outlook, Teams, or OneDrive. Employees can work from home, co-working space, or office without risking company data. Mobile information management is based on this, adding and synchronizing company documents on all devices. 

Identify Security Vulnerabilities on Mobile Devices 

Although MDM can effectively protect your mobile devices, there are still some threats that pose risks to your data. Mobile applications may be affected by malware and system vulnerabilities. Users may not realize that insecure devices and applications can extract sensitive data without their knowledge or consent. This usually happens when fraudulent advertisements or applications trick users into clicking malicious links or downloading malicious software. Delays in security updates will also weaken your security situation, so please make sure that your mobile device technology is up to date. 

Mobile Device Security Vulnerabilities 

  • Depending on your network provider, there may be delays in receiving security updates.  
  • Not using strong authentication codes in critical cloud services. 
  • Difficult to detect software installed by your network operator. 

Mobile Application Security Vulnerabilities 

  • Applications with limited knowledge of IT or practical governance 
  • Lack of formal standards for data security and security control. 

MDM Tools in Microsoft 365 

Microsoft provides a variety of MDM tools that can be used to manage mobile devices, including: 

Intune 

It helps users protect and monitor data access through policy setting applications, software update policies, and installation status. Intune allows users to manage each person’s multiple devices and the different platforms that run on each device, such as Windows 10, iOS/iPadOS, macOS, and Android. 

Single-Sign-On

Use a set of credentials. Your IT staff can implement identity management and access control throughout the organization. This ensures that your employees can only access the data they need, reducing the possibility of accidental or malicious data loss or damage. 

Windows 10  

Windows 10 has a responsive and pleasant user interface, extensive application compatibility, ransomware protection, threat detection, and authentication features such as Microsoft Passport and single sign-on.

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