Posted on May 3, 2023
Estimated reading time 7 minutes
Microsoft Endpoint Management (MEM) secures devices in the cloud, helping organisations improve operational efficiency and reduce IT costs. By leveraging cloud-based tools, IT teams can streamline device management processes – such as provisioning new devices and updates – while maintaining strict security across their networks.
However, Microsoft’s Security Defence Report 2022 reports that the average enterprise network may have over 3,500 unprotected endpoints, leaving high-value assets ripe for attack from cybercriminals.
To ensure that modern endpoint management protocols are secure and compliant with industry regulations, partnering with a managed service provider like Atech is highly recommended.
Outsourcing critical endpoint tasks like provisions management, monitoring device health, and analytics means that you can shift your focus away from mitigating security risks and instead concentrate on building on your company’s successes.
In this article, we will run through some of the important features of Microsoft Endpoint Management and explain how Atech can be your ideal partner.
What are the main benefits of Microsoft Endpoint Management?
- Endpoint Manager’s centralised control makes deploying, wiping, and repurposing devices from a single location simple.
- Software updates are enforced automatically across all endpoints, eliminating opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit security vulnerabilities.
- Users won’t suffer any downtime due to the deployment, testing, and improvement of endpoint security solutions.
- As MEM can quickly configure used equipment, organisations can reduce IT costs.
- It can also scan devices to monitor their general health and troubleshoot solutions before any issues arise.
You can read more about the benefits of Endpoint Management and how Atech can help you establish security baselines in your organisations here.
What are the main features of Microsoft Endpoint Management?
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to proactively identify and block malware, phishing attacks, and other malicious activity. Organisations can use it to safeguard their sensitive data, meet compliance requirements, and improve their security posture.
It also provides advanced real-time threat analytics, helping IT teams investigate and respond quickly to security incidents. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft security solutions, allowing for centralised management and streamlined security operations.
Endpoint Analytics is an essential tool for monitoring cloud-managed devices and applications’ performance. It collects and analyses various data points, including device boot times, reliability and other KPIs, to identify any issues and recommend solutions.
IT teams can also use the Endpoint Analytics feature to improve employee productivity by better understanding user behaviours such as network connectivity patterns and application usage. It can also help organisations reduce IT support costs by picking up on potential device/application performance issues before they become a wider problem for your team.
Windows AutoPilot simplifies onboarding of cloud-based Windows devices by providing out-of-the-box usability and eliminating manual device setup and configuration. This zero-touch deployment allows devices to be shipped directly to end-users, who can begin working on workplace systems safely and seamlessly.
With AutoPilot, Windows devices can automatically connect to Active Directory and Microsoft Intune, ensuring consistent configuration with organisational policies from the moment users log in. AutoPilot reduces the burden on IT teams, saves time and resources, and increases operational efficiency – even when it comes to recovering and repurposing previously used and malfunctioning devices.
Microsoft Intune manages and secures all cloud-based endpoints in the cloud, including applications, mobile devices and PCs. Organisations can use this feature to manage and provide support to end-users remotely.
For instance, it can help you monitor security on enrolled devices, take inventory, push certificates and erase data from decommissioned endpoints. With its streamlined architecture, Microsoft Intune makes it easy to scale services up and down as your organisation changes.
Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager
Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) centrally manages device configurations and settings for multiple operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. It deploys updates, enforces security policies, and monitors device health and compliance.
MECM integrates with Microsoft Endpoint Protection for advanced threat protection. It configures client and managed devices, runs management tasks, and changes device communication frequency. Overall, MECM streamlines device management, enhances security, and increases operational efficiency.
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
Azure AD is a multi-tenant cloud-based Identity and Access Management service (IAM) with numerous benefits for organising and deploying cloud-based systems. You can read more about the advantages here .
In short, it enables IT teams to control access to all company-based resources based on users’ individual requirements. With Azure AD, companies can automate provision, security policies and user identities. Its industry-leading authentication protocols deploy multi-factor authentication MFA and automated protections against password, phishing and interception attacks. It also integrates with a wide range of Microsoft and third-party tools.
Atech is an expert provider of Endpoint management solutions
The importance of investing in best-practice security and endpoint management solutions cannot be overstated. It can help protect your company from cyber attacks as they evolve.
Atech was named last year as a Finalist in Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Award 2022 for Endpoint Management. So, we know a thing or two about tailoring your cloud-based system to help you manage security, compliance and seamless access to all your devices and applications.
We have insight into a variety of endpoint requirements, everything from SQL Server migration to managing tens of thousands of devices and identities through our managed services.
So, if you would like to find out more about Microsoft Endpoint Management Solutions, get in touch with us today.