Three Things You May Not Know About Microsoft And Security

September 30th, 2019

You don’t have to be an IT professional to know that Microsoft has powered companies, governments and not-for-profits around the globe for decades.

From its widely used productivity tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, to its operating systems and web browsers, Microsoft is a dominant force in the digital world. In fact, in 2019, there are 155 million Office 365 business users, while 91 percent of Fortune 100 companies use Microsoft Teams.

Even though Microsoft isn’t normally thought of as a security company, it invests heavily in developing advanced security solutions to protect its customers. Over 3500 cybersecurity professionals – more than the headcount at most of the world’s leading cybersecurity firms – work around the clock to fend off threats and create intelligent security solutions.

Read on to find out more about why Microsoft is a trusted name in cybersecurity.

1. Microsoft Puts Its Brightest Security Minds To Work Protecting Your Organisation

Microsoft has a highly specialised team of security experts that play a critical role in analysing, detecting and responding to a staggering 7 trillion cyber threats each day.

Its Security Operations team leverages the power of advanced analytics, big data and automation to process immense volumes of signals and data in real-time. With the majority of its $1 billion cybersecurity budget allocated to innovation, Microsoft is working continuously to stay ahead of the game in protecting its customers.

Even the largest enterprises would struggle to replicate the scale of Microsoft’s security measures in-house. So, it’s comforting for IT teams to know that Microsoft is doing its share of the heavy lifting, at least when it comes to identifying and mitigating cyber threats.

2. Microsoft Has Its Own Enterprise-Level Mobility And Security Solutions

Microsoft is best-known in the corporate world for modern workplace solutions like Office 365. But what many business users may not know is that the tech giant also has its own intelligent mobility management and security suite: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

EMS helps organisations manage devices and virtual identities. It provides a range of critical security capabilities including:

  • Identity and access management
  • Information protection
  • Threat protection
  • Unified endpoint management.

Designed for Microsoft customers, EMS enables users to work securely across iOS and Android devices without compromising security or user experience.

Employees can seamlessly and flexibly access the data and documents they need with single sign-on to any app or service from any device.

From an enterprise technology perspective, Microsoft EMS eliminates the need for multiple point security solutions. Rather, it offers a consistent, cohesive and comprehensive security solution that is supported by a single vendor.

With constant intelligent security monitoring, your IT teams can rest assured that their users are in safe hands.

3. If You’re A Microsoft 365 Customer, You Might Already Have Access To EMS

Wouldn’t it be great if you could harness the best of Microsoft’s security offerings, without spending more on licences?

If you have a Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licence, your organisation may already have access to Microsoft EMS and its component products:

  • Azure Active Directory Premium
  • Microsoft Intune
  • Azure Information Protection
  • Cloud App Security (E5 only)
  • Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics.

Engaging the right implementation partner will make it easy to take advantage of these products so you can benefit from the full suite of Microsoft security tools.

If you have a different kind of Microsoft or Office 365 licence, your chosen partner can also help you upgrade to one that includes EMS.

Where To From Here?

Underpinned by billions of dollars in cyber security investment and perfected by top security minds, Microsoft offerings like Enterprise Mobility and Security pack a serious punch. If you’d like to know more about how to enhance your organisation’s security using Microsoft technologies, contact us today.