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Digitisation and the increased exposure of technology have created a lot of opportunities for malicious actors around the world. As we know, cybercrime is still on the rise, and corporate and customer data constantly falls into the wrong hands. Fortunately, technology also enables people and companies to better defend themselves. Here are three Microsoft tools that will help you do just that.

1: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint – Prevention

With this service, the security status of assets within the network are continuously monitored and assessed. Insecure systems are identified quickly and specific actions are recommended, which improves overall device and network security. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can also specifically monitor folders containing sensitive information, preventing them from being compromised in a ransomware attack. You can learn more about this in this video from Microsoft.

2: Microsoft Intune – Usage rules

Microsoft Intune is a cloud service, which focuses on Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM). It allows an organisation to determine how devices, such as phones, laptops and tablets can be used. For example, Intune ensures that personal and business data are separated from each other, while still being accessible with the same device. In hybrid work environments, Intune has become increasingly important, especially for companies that have bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

You can also set all kinds of usage rules with Intune. For example, whether or not someone can e-mail with his business account on his private phone, or whether the local data storage must be provided with encryption. With Microsoft Intune, you can prevent human error.

3: Microsoft Conditional Access – Terms and Conditions Access

We already wrote about this in a previous blog, but it’s worth repeating. With Conditional Access, users must meet certain criteria to access Office 365 files, software, and apps. A hacker is shut out, because the data captured does not correspond to the conditions that have been set in advance. “IP address from Russia unknown…”

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The tools to do business safely are out there, but every organisation is different, so specific requirements and policies are needed to build solutions that fit your business. As an example, criteria that needs to be defined, such as who should have online access to specific applications, but also which applications deserve more focus in order to be one hundred percent protected. Talk to our specialists to find out more.

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