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October 25, 2017 by Daniel Weber

Unified endpoint management with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)

This Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) session explained how EMS can help IT admins manage and secure user identities, devices, apps and data across all iOS, macOS, Android and Windows devices.

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) provides an identity-driven unified endpoint management solution that offers a holistic approach to solve mobility and security challenges as organizations go through their digital transformation. Today’s Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) session explained how EMS can help IT admins manage and secure user identities, devices, apps and data across all iOS, macOS, Android and Windows devices.

Leading the discussion was Vladimir Petrosyan, Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft. He started with a look at how digital transformation is driving change, sharing the following stats:

  • 41% of employees say mobile business apps change how they work
  • 85% of enterprise organizations keep sensitive information in the cloud
  • 80% of employees use non-approved SaaS apps for work

“The world today is different than it was 10 years ago,” said Petrosyan. “People don’t just work from the office.”

As times change and the technological landscapes within organizations evolve, so will their security perimeters. While an on-premise instance used to house things like identity, devices, apps and data, Petrosyan said this, too, is changing as more organizations move to the cloud.

So how do you enable productivity without compromising security? Petrosyan said it’s a delicate balance.

“The market is segmented and confusing, he said. “Cloud visibility, mobile data loss prevention, secure collaboration, cloud anomaly detection, single-sign on and more are all disparate pieces that must ultimately live together under one, unified and protected house.”

But how?

Microsoft EMS offers holistic and innovative solutions for protection across users, devices, apps and data. It includes identity and access management, unified endpoint management, information protection and threat protection. This can help you:

1. Protect your front door
2. Protect your data anywhere
3. Detect and remediate attacks

This begs the question: How quickly can IT admins detect attacks? Petrosyan approached the answer with data – a lot of data. On a Microsoft Intelligent security graph, he showed some of their own vulnerabilities:

  • 1.2 billion devices scanned each month
  • 200+ global cloud consumer and commercial services
  • 18+ billion Bing web pages scanned
  • 300 billion monthly authentications
  • Enterprise security for 90 percent of Fortune 500

Petrosyan explained how behavioral analytics helps detect and prevent data breaches by using: identity-based attack and threat detection; on-premise abnormal behavior and advanced threat detection; and anomaly detection for could apps.

The session ended with a look at the world-class services and support that’s included with an EMS subscription through FastTrack. A benefit delivered by Microsoft engineers, FastTrack helps users quickly get started with their EMS deployment.

“They can set up user groups and activate rights management for users, including test templates, “Petrosyan explained. “FastTrack also leaves more time for your Microsoft partner to focus on other high-value services related to EMS including customization, remediation, company-wide device setup, user growth, management and enhancement of overall solution.” Microsoft support is available online and by phone. And, like FastTrack, is included with every EMS subscription.

“Microsoft is one of the biggest security companies you’ve never heard of,” said Petrosyan. “But we are focused on securing businesses and the users.”

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