From personally identifiable information to intellectual property, the modern business needs to safeguard large volumes of critical content.
As content spreads out over an enterprise, protecting it becomes infinitely more complex—especially when it comes to regulatory compliance. Microsoft provides a number of tools to provide additional content protection: Azure Information Protection (AIP), Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) and Intune to name a few.
1. Device Management
90% of companies now support Bring-Your-Own-Device policies. With this large increase of end points, the network infrastructure and associated risk also grows. Companies need to manage the threats brought in by employee devices, while securing their data on an application-level, device-level or both. An increasing number of remote workers also makes it necessary to maintain rigorous security policies across the board.
Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) can be used to provide better protection for a mobile workforce, securing connections between mobile devices while providing a unified endpoint management solution. Administrators are able to leverage this unified solution to manage the entirety of the mobile workforce efficiently. Across the enterprise, sensitive information can be protected, and potential threats will be automatically reported so they can be verified and mitigated.
Even in a large company with remote offices, EMS will allow an administrator to sign into a management solution, identify potential alerts and react to threats on end user devices.
2. Information Protection
With large volumes of information now being traded from employee to employee and device to device, it becomes difficult to keep track of sensitive data. Organizations today must collaborate through documents and emails and it isn’t always possible to refrain from referencing personal or identifiable information. Lax information protection standards could mean that large volumes of sensitive data are potentially held in plain text and open to compromise if the system is compromised.
Azure Information Protection works to flag, categorize and protect this type of information. Through Azure Information Protection, employees can tag information that’s considered to be sensitive, and the software solution itself will begin to protect this information. Documents, files and emails can be categorized based on the sensitivity of the data involved, and data can be restricted by user.
With AIP, employees can mark sensitive information such as credit card information inside of a document, and that document will consequently be secured and limited to authorized personnel.
3. Threat Protection
It goes without saying that threat protection is at the forefront of most company’s minds. There are thousands of malicious programs being released every day, with many of them targeting businesses for their information and their content. As an organization’s network infrastructure expands, it becomes more difficult to create comprehensive threat protection. A technological arms race also means that threats are becoming more advanced every day.
Microsoft Intune is a complete mobile ecosystem management solution, which leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning in order to provide best-in-class security. An endpoint management system, Microsoft Intune is able to secure both desktop and mobile experiences, while also focusing on being as non-disruptive as possible. With increased productivity and efficiency, organizations are able to both improve their security through a unified web-based solution.
With Microsoft Intune, large organizations such as schools can administer their threat protection through a single, web-based dashboard, managing a wide array of devices.