What is Microsoft Intune?
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that falls under the category of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. It is designed to help organisations manage and secure their mobile devices, applications, and data. Microsoft Intune is part of the broader Microsoft Endpoint Manager suite, which also includes Configuration Manager.
Intune is really beneficial for organisations embracing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy or managing a diverse fleet of devices. It provides a unified platform for managing endpoints, enhancing security, and ensuring compliance with organisational policies. As a cloud-based service, Intune offers scalability, flexibility, and the ability to manage devices and applications from anywhere with an internet connection.
What are the key features of Microsoft Intune?
Mobile Device Management (MDM)
Intune enables organisations to manage and control mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, by enforcing policies for security, compliance, and configuration settings. This includes features like device enrolment, remote device wipe, and device inventory tracking.
Mobile Application Management (MAM)
With Intune, you can manage and secure mobile applications, both native and third-party, enabling IT administrators to define policies for application access, data protection, and app distribution.
Intune seamlessly integrates with Azure Active Directory to implement conditional access policies. This ensures that access to corporate resources is granted based on conditions such as device compliance, user identity, and network location.
It provides security features to protect endpoints, including mobile devices, against threats. This may include antivirus protection, threat detection, and response capabilities.
Endpoint Configuration Management
IT administrators can use Intune to manage configuration settings for endpoints, ensuring that all devices adhere to organisational policies and compliance standards.
Identity and Access Management
Intune works in conjunction with Azure Active Directory to manage user identities and control access to corporate resources. This integration helps ensure secure access to applications and data.
App Protection Policies
Organisations can define policies to protect corporate data within apps, even on personal devices. This is achieved through techniques such as data encryption, copy-paste restrictions, and app-level access controls.
Windows Autopilot Integration
For Windows devices, Intune integrates with Windows Autopilot to simplify the provisioning and deployment process. This is particularly useful for configuring and setting up Windows 10 devices.
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