Office 365 Mobile Device Management added for FREE!
In episode 22 Frank and Alfred take a look into the new features of Office 365 Mobile Device Management capabilities. In the episode the guys discuss what was implemented but even get into why Microsoft would add MDM to Office 365 in the first place. To start lets have a look at some statistics.
Enterprise Mobility Stats from Gartner
- 50% of employers will require employees to provide their own devices by 2017.
- 90% of enterprises will have to or more mobile OS’s to support in 2011
- 93% of employees admit to violating information security policies
- 80% of employees admit to using non-approved SaaS applications in their jobs
Why does Office 365 Mobile Device Management matter?
It seems clear the goal Microsoft was trying to achieve was to provide a single solution encapsulated in a single product and provide a clear separation from corporate and personal email and/or data. What did we use before Office 365 MDM? ActiveSync. And it was awesome… but our corporate customers said “We need more, we need to offer more”. Below is a comparison of the mobile device management capabilities by technology.
Top 3 Challenges addressed with Office 365 Mobile Device Management
- If connecting to Exchange, you had to lock the phone down, so potentially you had a set of policies that prevented you to do anything personal on the phone.
- If the device needed to be wiped, all data was removed from the device.
- What do businesses really want? To manage their corporate data and ensure digital asset protection.
Some of the things new Office 365 MDM Provides
- In the Admin Portal, you can click a button and get device management for Office 365.
- The portal is device aware, it knows what devices are trying to connect to the Office 365 and what user should have access to that device.
- Next you can go to the compliance console and provision policies.
- You have the ability to apply conditional access requirements & device controls, i.e. the device must meet certain requirements to gain access. They’ll
- Some of these things are password protection, Device encryptions and if the device is jail broken.
- If the user has connected using the OneDrive for Business, the policies can look to make sure the data doesn’t go elsewhere. Via policies, controls can manage things like screenshots and Bluetooth, etc.
- Lastly you have options to use selective wipe. Selective Wipe can remove the data that has been protected by managed apps or Intune aware apps..
Added bonus: Every time the user goes to connect with their device, the device is checked against compliance policies which are controlled by IT to ensure that the device has not been compromised.
Screen shot of the Office 365 Mobile Device Management Options