Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based endpoint management solution which provides companies and IT departments control of apps, identities and devices. In a time of remote and hybrid workforces increasing Intune provides admins with an efficient tool to protect and manage organisation data, have complete control of end-user access, and provide a level of support to users who are working either on-site or remotely.
Microsoft Intune works with mobile devices, desktop computers, and virtual endpoints providing a simple and effective tool for admins. It can be implemented across devices owned by the organisation and also the owner's own devices.
As a tool, Microsoft Intune integrates with solutions such as Office365, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Endpoint Analytics, along with many more, allowing organisations to seamlessly integrate existing solutions from one management tool.
Here are 5 core features for admins:
App management – deployment updates and removal
Intune allows organisations to deploy and control apps across all connected devices. It is compatible with android and apple mobile operating systems but also allows organisations to package and deploy their own apps.
For organisations that want to control the software their employees can use, Intune offers the option to create a software repository for its employees to access and download apps and programmes. Specific apps can also be pushed out to employees.
Intune also offers admins the option to enrol machines into hardware hashing, which means if a machine is stolen and wiped it will be automatically re-enrolled to a company’s system.
Each organisation sets and manages its own policies. Intune allows admins to deploy these policies across their owned and employees' devices from one point, ensuring compliance across the board.
This is particularly helpful when tackling data loss prevention due to Information protection policies. These prevent users from copying and pasting text or screen-shotting company emails, for example, providing owners with protection.
Manage Group Identities
Via the Intune platform, admins are able to manage user accounts from one place.
This includes setting policies and managing settings for user identities, including security settings as well as managing access to the network and resources.
Microsoft Intune provides admins with the option to create custom reports as well as view reports on device compliance, device health, and device trends.
Data available includes insights such as any devices which are not compliant with security policies, trends and histories of device usage and provides access to raw data so that customised reports can be created.
Via Microsoft Intune, admins can get a clear view of any issues or disruptions at the endpoint which may be affecting users.
Having this in-depth view includes seeing hardware which may require updating or causing users’ machines to run slowly. This view also shows admins software configurations which may require patching or updating as well as issues that may have arisen following updates to a user's configuration.
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