Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Microsoft Intune
Oct 26, 2023 | 3 minute READ
Explore the significance of Cybersecurity Awareness Month and discover how Microsoft Intune fortifies businesses in today’s digital world. Dive into the essentials of mobile device and app management, and learn how a proactive cybersecurity approach can safeguard your organization.
October ushers in the golden hues of autumn, but it also signifies something far more pressing: Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This annual observance underscores the importance of digital security in our increasingly connected world.
It’s important to remember that cyberattacks can happen to both individuals and businesses alike. Last month, we reported on a Gettysburg-area couple falling victim to a $125,000 phishing scam. And recently, a local Chambersburg Area School District reported staff and student data were stolen in a cyberattack in August.
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With the surge in cyber threats, notably sophisticated phishing attacks, ransomware, and data breaches, Cybersecurity Awareness Month serves as a reminder of our shared responsibility in safeguarding our digital information.
What is Microsoft Intune?
Cybersecurity should be a priority for everyone. With cyberattacks happening every 39 seconds, it’s no longer a matter of if, but when an attack will happen. Yet, what can businesses do to protect themselves? Microsoft Intune emerges as a beacon of hope for businesses looking to bolster their digital defenses, especially concerning mobile devices and applications. But why does this matter? The answer lies in the evolving nature of workspaces and the digital landscape.
With the adoption of remote work and the everyday use of mobile devices, our workplaces are no longer confined to four walls. Employees are accessing sensitive company data from cafes, homes, and even while traveling. This flexibility, while enhancing productivity, introduces a multitude of vulnerabilities. Enter Microsoft Intune, a component of Microsoft’s broader Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service designed to address these vulnerabilities head-on. Its core functionalities revolve around Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM). With MDM, organizations can manage the devices employees use, from smartphones to laptops, regardless of their location. Whether it’s pushing essential security updates, configuring device settings to align with security standards, or ensuring devices are compliant, Intune is up to the task.
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service designed to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities head-on.
On the other hand, MAM focuses on the applications on these devices. Considering the rise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) culture, it’s not always feasible for companies to have full control over an employee’s device. However, what they can control is how organizational data is accessed and shared within company applications. Intune’s MAM capabilities allow businesses to securely manage company-specific apps on these devices, ensuring a clear distinction between company data and personal data. This balance between security and privacy is especially critical in today’s age.
Why Should Businesses Use Microsoft Intune and Active Directory?
A standout feature of Intune is its integration with Azure Active Directory, which enables Conditional Access. In simple terms, this ensures that only devices meeting the company’s security standards can access vital resources. It’s like having a bouncer at a club, allowing only those who meet specific criteria to enter. This layered security approach ensures that even if a device is lost or compromised, malicious actors can’t easily gain access to sensitive data.
Unfortunately, Rutter’s, a York-based business, announced this month it suffered a cybersecurity attack resulting in a breach of customer data. Settling with the state Attorney General’s office, the business agreed to pay $1 million and improve cybersecurity measures. This unfortunate attack was due to Rutter’s lack of proper security compliance, like the implementation of using services like Microsoft Intune.
How Can Microsoft Intune Help Businesses?
Microsoft Intune isn’t just about defense; it’s about empowerment. By centralizing device and app management, IT departments can operate more efficiently. Routine tasks, such as software updates or app deployments, are streamlined. If a device is misplaced, remote actions like locking the device, resetting its password, or even wiping sensitive data can be executed instantly.
Yet, as we near the end of celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it’s essential to understand that tools like Intune are just a piece of the puzzle. Awareness and education remain at the forefront. This month serves as an opportunity for businesses to reevaluate their cybersecurity strategies, conduct employee training, and foster a culture where security is everyone’s responsibility. While Microsoft Intune provides the technical defenses, a well-informed workforce acts as the first line of defense against potential threats.
TREYSTA Technology Management: Your Partner in Implementing Microsoft Intune
When it comes to implementing a tool as comprehensive as Microsoft Intune, having a reliable partner is invaluable. TREYSTA is an award-winning managed service provider (MSP), with a track record dating back to 1995. We help local businesses of all sizes understand the intricacies of Intune. Our approach isn’t just about setting up a system; it’s about crafting an environment where your business can thrive securely. Beyond initial implementation, TREYSTA offers ongoing support, ensuring your systems are always optimized and your data remains shielded from threats.
In conclusion, as digital threats continue to evolve, so must the approach to cybersecurity. Microsoft Intune, with its comprehensive features, represents the next generation of proactive digital defense. By partnering with an MSP like TREYSTA, businesses can ensure that they remain productive, competitive, and, above all, secure. As Cybersecurity Awareness Month comes to a close, let’s carry its lessons forward, striving for a safer and more resilient digital future. Partner with team TREYSTA and keep your business secure by using Microsoft Intune.
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