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Hybrid Endpoint Management

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way companies conduct their work operations. The impact of the lockdowns has forced digital transformation to become a major focus for companies to continue to operate. Most industries adopted the work from home strategy to continue to deliver and be more productive.

The hybrid work model has become a new normal, safeguarding end user devices and applications which quickly become a critical part of day-to-day IT operations. Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a cloud-enabled platform which can be integrated with on premise infrastructure to provide for unified and secure endpoint management. It combines Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager to enable the modern management of endpoints as part of a Zero Trust strategy.

Microsoft Endpoint manager empowers organisations to provide flexible ways to manage, deploy and protect devices for all the employees working from home or the office. It integrates with M365 products to enable organisations to secure critical company data and sensitive information. Hybrid device management solution manages company owed devices and BYOD devices. There are different policies created for company devices and for personal devices.

First digital has played a major role in transforming and modernising organisations. Solutions with best practice designs have been created and have been successfully implemented for our clients who have endpoint management requirements. Cloud adoption is growing rapidly, and these solutions play a critical part in securing environments and giving peace of mind to managing employees working from home.

Simplified Endpoint Management Traditionally employees and contractors needed to be connected to a work network for their devices to receive updates and policies. Microsoft Endpoint manager offers a unified console that can manage cloud devices and on-premises devices through cloud attach configuration. As a result, it presents a simplified way of hardening security by applying required policies to endpoints.

Endpoints are enrolled in Microsoft endpoint manager using various methods such as through configurations manager cloud attach, company portal enrollment and group policy for hybrid joined machines. These devices will then populate in the MEM console and get assigned policies for management. The Device onboarding process is easy, end-users can self-enroll by following simple steps.

Companies can continue using on-premises existing products such as Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and adopt Microsoft Endpoint cloud solutions through integration to leverage best of both. Tenant attach enables some of the devices to be managed by on-premises MECM and other devices such as mobile devices to be managed by Intune.

Secure and protect Organisation are faced with an increase in threat attacks that target their users and pose a risk to their environment with remote work policy in place. Microsoft offers a combination of products that form a solution for zero trust approach. Conditional Access brings signals together, to make decisions, and enforce organizational policies

Microsoft 365 Simplify common IT tasks. In the Microsoft 365 admin centre, create users, and manage groups. Offers access to other services, such as Intune, Azure AD, and more Windows Defender Advanced security parameter consisting of features that help protect devices against cyberthreats and vulnerabilities. Offers comprehensive threat analysis and remediation

Conditional Access Azure Active Directory feature that integrates nicely with Intune. Using Conditional Access, makes sure only compliant devices are allowed access company applications

Sammy Raphela

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