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How to protect your business from mobile device attacks

In today’s agile business world, remote working is becoming increasingly common. With 70% of millennials looking for more flexibility in their working life, it’s only set to become more so. Historically, there was a perception of remote working as unproductive, but remote working benefits an entire organization. It gives workers more flexibility, and allows them to work in a way that suits them – like working around childcare schedules or choosing to work irregular hours. Employers benefit from the increased productivity remote workers exhibit, typically from greater job satisfaction. In order to make this possible, whilst protecting against the risk posed by mobile device attacks, organizations need to create a secure IT network that can be accessed from anywhere.

Making remote working possible with the cloud

To enable remote working, organizations are adopting cloud-based solutions like Office 365. Where previously workers would need to download VPNs and access their organization’s network remotely, they’re now able to access their organization’s network with just their Microsoft login.

Designed to make digital communication and collaboration simple, Office 365 allows remote workers to access business tools from any device. Downloading the business apps or simply using them through a browser means that employees can work safely from home, while commuting or while onsite. OneDrive creates a single repository of business knowledge while Teams enables instant chat and video conferencing. The tools are more advanced than anything we’ve seen from Microsoft yet, but if they’re not used responsibly they can pose a security threat to your business.

Protecting against mobile device attacks

Office 365 offers many benefits for organizations with remote workers, but it requires careful management to be safe and productive. It’s a powerful tool that facilitates remote working, but it needs to be utilized properly to be effective. Too often, businesses don’t monitor the way applications are being used within Office 365, and more importantly, how and where data is being shared.

Organizations looking to create a more secure remote working environment with Office 365 need to prioritize protecting against risks like those posed by mobile device attacks. Most importantly, this requires managing roles and accessing privileges closely. As well as this they can also look at admin usage statistics to understand the way remote workers are using Office 365. This key information will be the basis of their identity management policies.

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Identity management

Identity management is the process of defining and managing access and privileges of workers – it’s crucial because it determines who can access what information from where. Remote working makes maintaining high standards of security more difficult: identity management and remote access must be even more airtight. Remote workers need to be able to safely access business applications from different locations and also from their own devices.

For workers to securely log into Office 365, no matter where they are or what device they use, they need a secure sign on. But the process of identifying, authenticating, and authorizing access to business information can be difficult to manage. For remote working to be possible for your organization, your workers need to securely access and share files, and your IT staff need to protect your organization’s environment. When remote workers access sensitive information from their own devices, this creates opportunities for human error. The device could be lost, or the individual could have poor network security practices that compromise their device. IT workers need to be able to mitigate these risks.

In order to keep Office 365 secure, third party tools like Inscape365 allow admins to easily monitor worker access and activity through a single dashboard. With better visibility of permissions and configurations, it’s easier for IT workers to manage access to your Office 365 environment. Multi-factor or single-factor authentication should be authorized based on the user’s privileges to create a higher level of protection for sensitive data. In order to share these metrics with management, ongoing reporting can be automated, freeing up valuable time for IT workers to pursue more high value work.

Staying safer with Inscape365

When it comes to remote working, the Office 365 environment is ideal: it’s a business productivity suite that prioritizes communication and collaboration. Microsoft Teams offers instant messaging and video conferencing to keep workers in the loop while they author and edit documents in real time. But keeping your business safe in a mobile world requires careful protections against the threat of mobile device attacks.

Inscape365 is an Office 365 management tool that can help you make the most of Office 365’s great features, whilst keeping your network secure. With adoption training, app and license management, cost optimization, and more, Inscape365 lets you get the most out of your investment with no extra work. If your organization is looking to create a secure remote working environment, Inscape365 is the perfect solution.

 

To find out more and how you can equip your remote workers for success, contact MessageOps about Inscape365 today.

 

 

 

 

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