Enabling IT with Microsoft Intune Series – Episode 2
- October 6, 2022
- Posted by: Lara Administrator
- Category: End User Computing
Topic Covered: Some typical business issues that Microsoft Intune can help you with
You may safeguard your on-premises email and data with Microsoft Intune to ensure that mobile devices can access it securely. Think about the mental tranquilly! We’ve all received some dubious spam emails in our inboxes, whether at work or home, as email is one of the most popular entrance ways for hackers.
It’s crucial to secure your Office 365 email and data so that mobile devices may access it securely. Microsoft Intune will be an excellent fit if you currently have a BYOD policy in place for your staff members, or if you offer company-owned phones or shared tablets with a set number of authorised users.
You may allow your employees to securely use Office 365 from an unmanaged public kiosk thanks to Intune’s security features, which go beyond smartphones and tablets.
So, what actions can you take using Microsoft Intune?
Some of the things you can accomplish with Microsoft Intune are listed below.
Defining Your Own App Protection Policies:
You can enforce app protection policies (APP) to keep the data belonging to your business secure or contained within a managed app.
When it comes to this situation, a policy is typically referred to as a rule that is put into effect when a user tries to engage in a series of activities that are forbidden for their account, like copying or moving company data or trying to sign in to company websites over a risky or insecure network. App-protection policies are applied to controlled apps and can be maintained by Intune.
You may establish security policies using Microsoft Intune to manage who has access to corporate data. Controlling user interaction with data in Office and other apps enables you to protect data. Access can be determined by users, location, device condition, app sensitivity, and real-time risk.
Remotely Manage Devices:
You can manage enrolled devices remotely with Microsoft Intune thanks to its cloud-based architecture, which does away with the requirement for on-premise management infrastructure. The administrator can thereby control all client devices from any place with an internet connection.
By using the Retire or Wipe actions, you can remove devices from Intune. This is helpful for gadgets that your business no longer needs, are being used for something else, have vanished, or have been reported stolen. Through the Intune Company Portal, users may also send commands to any Intune-enrolled device remotely.
Reports and System Logs:
Its thorough reports and system logs are another overlooked Microsoft Intune feature. You can view software inventories in great detail with these. This implies that you can produce reports that compile data on particular classes of installed software on controlled devices. Specific details can be drilled down on these and exported as CSV or HTML files. Just like that!
Audit logs for Microsoft Intune maintain track of actions that cause changes. All Create, Update (edit), Delete, Assign, and Remote activities will produce audit events that Intune administrators can evaluate for the majority of workloads. For all clients, auditing is turned on by default and cannot be turned off.
Users can read audit logs if they have one of the following permissions:
- Global Administrator
- Intune Service Administrator
- Security Administrator
Deploy Software and Updates:
Pushing software packages and updates to controlled devices is done through the admin console. Either silently push the update or make a downloadable install package available. In any case, before being sent to the cloud, the installation package is encrypted on the administrator’s computer.
To specify when and how Windows as a Service updates your Windows 10 devices, you can establish update rings using Intune. Using Microsoft Intune and update rings, you may create an update plan for your firm that fits with its requirements.
Task Creation and Management:
On managed devices, you can remotely create, administer, and carry out actions like restarting devices or implementing policy updates. Additionally, you can set up these remote tasks to require client workstations to restart or update their policies as soon as they reconnect to the network. Whether tasks are still in the queue, active, successful, or unsuccessful is shown in the admin console.
As an alternative to managing each device independently, you can choose numerous devices for a single task.
Centralized Control Portal:
With Microsoft Intune, managing all of your devices from the cloud is simple and doesn’t require any additional equipment. The configuration manager should be connected to Intune for centralised device management (PC, Mac, Linux, UNIX servers, and mobile devices).
You can co-manage Intune with Configuration Manager or utilise it exclusively in the cloud. The latter approach is preferred by business owners because it enables simultaneous management of Windows 10 devices with Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. They can thus add new capabilities and cloud-attach their current Configuration Manager investment.
Manage Office Mobile Apps:
Granular control over Office 365 applications is another straightforward capability. If a user logs in using an unapproved device, you can limit access to email or OneDrive documents, for instance. For applications like Skype, Exchange, and SharePoint, conditional access controls should be implemented as well.
Work files on Intune-enabled devices are more secure thanks to Intune app protection measures. Employee-owned devices not enrolled in Intune management can also apply app protection policies. Even in this scenario, it is crucial to make sure that corporate files and resources are secure, even if your firm does not administer the device.
Microsoft Malware Protection Engine:
The well-known Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) package’s protection engine is also present in Microsoft Intune. As a result, the Intune malware engine employs the same definitions and research as MSE to guard against viruses and spyware.
With Intune, Endpoint Protection enables you to protect the managed computers for your business. Endpoint Protection provides automatic computer scanning, updates malware definitions, and guards against malware attacks in real-time. You will also receive tools from Endpoint Protection to control and keep an eye on malware threats.
Mobile Application Management:
Manage both a company app you’ve made and mobile apps your employees might wish to use for work. In order to keep corporate data secure and contained within a managed app, create and enforce app protection policies. You can stop users from copying or moving files or documents as a result.
To manage apps using MAM and app-protection policies, IT administrators must enrol a device in Intune mobile device management (MDM). Using MAM and app protection policies, IT administrators can manage apps and app protection policies on devices that are not enrolled in Microsoft Intune MDM (this is called MAM without device enrolment, or MAM-WE). This implies that Intune can still be used to control apps on devices signed up with third-party EMM providers.
View Hardware Configurations:
Using Intune, you can see the fundamental hardware setup of managed PCs, together with any client-side software that has been set up. Conduct inventory checks to find any potentially running unauthorised or unlicensed software on a device.
Microsoft’s Intune unified endpoint management (UEM) platform now enables third-party mobile threat defence (MTD) applications. This has made it possible to find potential malware infestations on an employee’s unregistered device. Businesses that accept BYOD policies would particularly benefit from this new Intune functionality because it allows for the restriction of access to corporate systems on devices that have been detected by MTD software.
In the next article, We’ll be looking into Intune licensing in detail.
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