Friday, March 25, 2016

Enterprise Mobility Suite discovered

Not a technical blog this time, but an introduction to EMS.

For a current project I dived diving into EMS. Digging into the background, finding and showing added values to businesses in all sorts of disciplines. What makes EMS a strong competitor compared to other Mobile solutions is that it integrates multiple management and security solutions into one suite. Combining these EMS products together creates a unique opportunity for business to manage identity, mobility, security and analysis from a single solution.
Recently I did a demo on all the products to show from a users perspective what it can offer and what it means to their end customers.

Microsoft EMS is recently extended with a new on-premises solution called Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA). Which makes the fourth pillar next to Azure AD Premium, Microsoft Intune and Azure Right Management Services.
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) provides a simple and fast way to understand what is happening within your network by identifying suspicious user and device activity.
ATA leverages deep packet inspection technology, as well as information from additional data sources (Security Information and Event Management and Active Directory) to detect advanced attacks in near real time in your on-premises or hybrid environment.
I hear you thinking, what is an on-premises solution like that doing between these cloud products? As far as the perimeter is protected by means of a firewall, many companies expect to be safe because malicious attacks are kept outside, but (and this is not new) also trusted people and devices enter the network on the other side of the perimeter, bringing their personal devices and unaware of what's actually installed on it, or might even have exploited on the device. With ATA creating insights into the processes makes the IT department aware of what's actually going on inside the network and have the ability to respond.

Getting better
EMS will get increasingly better when the different management consoles integrate into one dashboard. However finding your way around can take some time, eventually it makes sense, but it is more difficult to sell.

In coming posts I will get more into the technical side of EMS and provide real life scenarios to make it vivid.