Historically, Endpoint management has only typically been used to cover organisations for requirements set by company policies or a governing body that dictates security requirements. Many times, we see MDM (Mobile Device Management) implemented for an organisation to have its entire suite of devices enrolled into it, but in many cases, there aren’t polices or security requirements put in place to provide any security benefits to these devices.
For these organisations, enrolling devices is still a manual process which requires new devices to pass through the hands of their IT department, ultimately costing staff time and delays in getting the device to where it is needed.
Not only that, but organisations tend to go on paying an annual subscription for a service that is not being fully utilised, and if they were to look at it, it likely wouldn't give the level of security, control and flexibility that would be required.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager can streamline the entire process of deploying a device - ensuring that it meets security requirements, while provisioning applications and simple user configuration, which greatly improves the end-user experience.
But it doesn’t stop there, take a look at Microsoft's range of Device Management benefits below:
Whether you're deploying Windows 10 or a mobile device, Microsoft Endpoint Manager streamlines the process from purchasing through to the device being ready for the end-user.
Devices can be ordered and shipped directly to the end-user, who will only be tasked with logging in. The device does all the hard work; after connecting to Microsoft Endpoint Manager, applications are downloaded and configuration settings applied. The device is then ready for the user to start working. Easy!
Configuration of devices can be pushed out to give a unified experience to the user so that they could get a corporate background, a standard set of applications or even a standard start menu. Customisations that an employee makes to their old device can carry-over to their new one. This means when someone moves from one computer to another or is provided with a new desktop or laptop, when they log in, they’ll have all their stuff waiting for them - backgrounds, applications and even desktop icons and documents.
Using Microsoft Endpoint Manager means you can be sure that your devices meet all security requirements such as Anti-Virus being installed, firewall enabled, and storage encrypted. If for whatever reason one of your requirements is not met, remediation steps can automatically be taken to bring the device up to compliance. If a device is not able to be made compliant, it can be blocked from accessing resources until it meets the requirements. And as an extra security bonus, lost or stolen devices can be blocked from accessing your systems or remotely wiped to ensure any sensitive data is erased from it.
With links to the Microsoft App Store, Apple App Store, and Android Play store, applications can be purchased by your organisation and deployed automatically. If you want control of your devices and to see what is installed, Microsoft Endpoint Manager can provide you with a full list of installed applications.
With devices enrolled into Microsoft Endpoint Manager, you can take full control of the device, being able to provide remote assistance with screen sharing* through the integration of TeamViewer.
*additional license needed
Application control goes beyond traditional MDM.
BYOD has some attraction for many organisations, however, many IT Managers are reluctant to relinquish the traditional control and security they have known by being able to limit which devices are accessing company data.
Along with this and the increased use of cloud environments, being able to put a border around your environment and the data within it has become a massive problem for those that need to ensure security and data integrity.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager brings you the ability to manage all these things with their Mobile Application Management policies. It is a simple set of restrictions that bring the management that would traditionally be placed on the device, down to the application. This means that you, as an IT Manager, Administrator or business owner, can be assured that the data your users have is controlled even when they use their own devices.
With Mobile Application Policies, you can:
- Ensure that security requirements are met, such as encrypted storage, password requirements on the device, etc.
- Users are not able to store company data on their local device or copy it to their personal cloud storage.
- Perform a selective wipe of user data so only corporate data is removed, whilst leaving the external/personal data intact.
With all these tools, securing your devices and data has never been easier to implement and to maintain.
If you'd like to talk to one of our specialists about how to get End Point Manager up and running in your organisation, get in touch for a free consultation today.