The realities of the modern workplace are very different from what they used to be just a few years ago. Do you miss the good old days, when you only had to remember one password to login into your computer and everything you needed was right there? Well, most likely today that is no longer the case.
Advances in technology and shifting workforce demographics are creating a more fluid workplace environment. This new reality is redefining what productivity looks like, and requires additional elements to be implemented in the organizational workflow that restructure the workplace landscape.
As teams become more widespread, keeping everyone engaged and informed is critical to the success of any organization. To provide teamwork and efficiency, organizations must enable employees to securely store, edit, and share data. But how can this be done without compromising security or completely redesigning the tools that employees are comfortable with?
Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) is a solution that iRangers are helping adopt to more and more organizations across the globe. Microsoft EMS Suite includes:
• Azure Active Directory Premium
• Microsoft Intune
• Azure Rights Management
• Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
One of the core elements of Microsoft EMS suite ensures that sensitive documents can be securely accessed by users, regardless of their location or device. It also enhances user productivity while maintaining compliance and reducing risk by utilizing Microsoft’s top-grade security compliance technology, including machine learning.
Identity Management, Single Sign-On and Security
Let’s talk about Microsoft EMS solution for Identity Management and Azure Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On in more details. Identity is at the center of how users connect with people, devices, and data. Using a single, holistic identity solution, organizations can have the flexibility and control needed to increase security, lower costs, and greatly improve overall productivity by centrally managing single sign-on across devices, datacenters, and the cloud.
One of the key features of Azure Active Directory Premium is that it enables single-sign-on to cloud software and on-premise software as well. Users can access almost everything, including SaaS cloud apps by logging in once. This feature is further expanded with:
- Conditional access: block people from logging in based on various factors
- Single Sign-On for iOS and Android devices
- Multifactor authentication
- Reporting Services
In the modern workplace realities with mobile-first and cloud-first and BYOD concepts, enabling single sign-on to devices, apps, and services from anywhere is a necessity. Organizations are facing two main challenges:
- Empower users to be productive wherever and whenever
- Protect the corporate assets at any time
By using conditional access policies, organizations can apply the right access controls under the required conditions. Azure AD conditional access provides you with added security when needed and stays out of your user’s way when it isn’t.
Conditional access is a capability of Azure Active Directory. With conditional access, IT administrators can implement automated access control decisions for accessing applications and data based on conditions.
With Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS), organizations can protect an individual file, no matter where it goes or who tries to open it, regardless of the device it’s opened on. The protection travels with the file.
In conclusion, Microsoft EMS is a bundle of Microsoft products that allows organizations and their IT teams to retain control and ensure security, regardless of the devices that employees are working from. Some of the key benefits are:
- Single sign-on to any app or service from any device
- Secure access to sensitive data from any device
- Document-level security
- Constant security monitoring and threat detection
iRangers have helped many organizations with adopting the Microsoft EMS suite into their organizations with different environments, and we have heard very positive feedback. If your organization is looking for a solution to increase productivity and secure corporate sensitive data, ask us how.
As part of iRangers’ knowledge series, we will talk about Conditional Access to Cloud Resources. Stay tuned!