Office 365 Enterprise Mobility and Security

Cybersecurity has never been more on the forefront of global technological advancement as it has been now, especially for mobile security. Cyber threats have morphed into aggressive and complex attacks, and Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization to shut down cyber threats before they become attacks by providing first defenders the tools to do so with Microsoft 365’s core component Office 365 Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Office 365 Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) leverages artificial intelligence to provide intelligent mobility management and a security platform by increasing the security features in Office 365 and extends them across the entire environment, including third-party investments. Not only does EMS empower your employees with mobile flexibility but it secures your organization and protects its data.

The face of cyber threats and attacks change daily, resulting in challenges that are faced in securing the data environment. The first is the creativity and complexity of attacks that are now being formulated. These are more complex than the simple, identify theft that we are familiar with, though this is the step of how they gain access to your data. Digital access is global, and users can tap into information wherever they are, including stationary at a desk to moving in a car. The vastness of the digital real estate, by itself, is difficult to secure. Though we are advancing with faster, more trustworthy, and more intelligent technology, it is still expensive and time-consuming to manually correlate actions on threat and attack signals.

Office 365 EMS consists of five groups with actions to provide enterprise mobile security. These five core groups are:

  1. Identity and Access Management;
  2. Information Protection;
  3. Threat Protection;
  4. Unified Endpoint Management; and
  5. Cloud Access Security Broker.

Identity and Access Management

Identity theft is one of the many methods to breach data security. With EMS, there are several ways to help reduce the possibilities of data breaches with tighter requirements for identity to gain access. Access management can be enforced through several venues, including:

Securing Authentication: The one-word password for authentication no longer provides secure and guaranteed access as it once did. With the advancement of technology, the methodologies for cyber threats have also advanced. Combining software, artificial intelligence, and science, there are new ways of managing access to secured data. These include:

  1. Going Without a Password utilizes biometrics for authentication;
  2. Multi-Factor Authentication keeps user identities safe, the current rate at the time of publication is 99.9%;
  3. Password Protection in Azure AD bans password lists and provides smart lockout features to help safeguard credentials; and
  4. Windows 10 – Secure Identity and Access provides control access to mitigate credential theft in Windows 10.

Govern and Protect Access:  Microsoft’s “Never trust, always verify” is an apt motto when it comes to protecting and governing access. With Azure AD conditional access, Zero Trust can be delivered:

  1. Enable Secure Productivity by controlling data access based on the location of the user, the device, applications that are offline, and proactively determining the risk of the environment. Access modes can be secured in SharePoint Online, Microsoft Cloud App Security, and Exchange Online;
  2. Secure and Manage Endpoints through Azure AD conditional access, Microsoft Intune and Windows Defender ATP. Working together, Azure AD and Microsoft Intune ensure that only managed and compliant devices are allowed access to Office 365 services, email, SaaS apps, and on-prem apps;
  3. Secure Administration with Azure AD with Privileged Identity Management which secures admin accounts across Office 365 and Azure; and
  4. Azure AD Identity Governance ensures the identity, access, and admin lifecycle governance.

Obtain Comprehensive Identity Protection: Prevent identity attacks by implementing Microsoft Cloud Security, Azure AD Identity Protection and Azure ATP by:

  1. Securing Identity Infrastructure by following these five steps: strengthen your credentials, reduce your attack surface, automate threat response, increase your awareness, and enable end-user self-help;
  2. Identity Security Insights obtained with Azure AD Identity Protection detects risks and provides you the opportunity to define policies for remediation. Once an upcoming attack is spotted, the doors of access can be locked by using the What-If Tool, implementing Conditional Access, customizing and accessing the Security Dashboard, defining Identity Protection and generating security reports;
  3. Hybrid Identity Forensics combines the security measures in Azure ATP and Microsoft Cloud App Security, guarding against threats on-prem and in the cloud; and
  4. Long term security is a peace of mind with Identity in Microsoft Secure Score which provides the latest guidance on new threats that evolve on daily.

Information Protection

Protect Your Data: Whether being shared or being toted on the go, protect your sensitive data everywhere by controlling how a file is being used by:

  1. Identifying, Understanding and Discovering sensitive data across all apps, devices, and services including cloud and on-prem;
  2. Customizing Information Protection Policies by classifying and labeling documents based on sensitivity labels that you define. Configure protection actions such as access restrictions, visual markings, and encryption;
  3. Analyzing How Users Access and Share Sensitive Data in cloud services. By gaining insight, access to protected files can be revoked while policy violations and risky behaviour can be monitored; and
  4. Accelerating the Path to Compliance by enhancing privacy and security in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other regulatory requirements.

Threat Protection

Integrate and Automate Security by:

  1. Protecting Against Threats by detecting and investigating compromised identities, advanced threats, and malicious actions across cloud environments and on-prem; and
  2. Securing identities so that malicious logins are blocked and threats are locked down, securing email, apps, documents, and data with the help of analytics to prevent phishing and 0-day attacks, securing endpoints with automated investigations to alerts and execution of remedial actions to threats, and securing the hybrid cloud infrastructure by safeguarding information, data, and servers from attacks by quickly detecting and blocking malicious activity running in the cloud or on-prem with advanced analytics.

Unified Endpoint Management with Microsoft Intune

  1. Support diverse mobile ecosystems by streamlining and automating deployment, provisioning, app delivery, updates, and policy management to iOs, macOS, Android, and Windows devices;
  2. Attain IT efficiency in the cloud through leveraging insights and baselines for security policies and configuration settings in a scalable globally distributed cloud service architecture; and
  3. Protect data with or without device enrolment continues on mobile devices through granular control over Office 365.

Microsoft Cloud App Security – Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)

  1. Multimode Microsoft Cloud App Security integrates with leading Microsoft solutions to provide simple deployment, innovative automation, and centralized management; and
  2. CASB consists of the following:

Specialized Products in Office 365 EMS

  1. Azure Active Directory – protects user credentials while allowing users to connect to apps in a secure method;
  2. Microsoft Intune – cloud-based unified data protection, access management, and endpoint management;
  3. Azure Information Protection – cloud-based data classification, protection, encryption, and tracking;
  4. Microsoft Cloud App Security – a multi-node CASB providing behavioural analytics, data protection, risk management, discover, and threat protection;
  5. Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics – protection against advanced and targeted attacks and insider threats for on-prem; and
  6. Azure Advanced Threat Protection – cloud-based solution to identify, detect and investigate compromises, threats, and malicious actions.

There is no one single software that can provide extensive and complete defences for increasingly complex forms of cyber threats and attacks. A tight defence requires a combination of several services that provide solutions to possible penetrations points, thereby working synergistically to provide full protection. Each group of solutions provides protection from different attack vectors, providing maximum coverage for security. With Office 365 Enterprise Mobility and Security, a comprehensive, end to end and fully integrated enterprise solution is provided for mobile security on devices, in the cloud, and on-prem.

  • Saturday, February 09, 2019 By : Mike Maadarani   

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