Challenges That Businesses Face Due to Remote Working

The COVID-19 pandemic may be behind us, but its impact on workplace culture continues. Although there are no lockdown orders, many organizations continue to implement remote work procedures partially or fully.

The main benefit of remote work is that it reduces costs. Organizations have fewer operational expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, and maintenance, while employees don’t lose time and money traveling to and from work.

Many workers also claim to be more productive and less stressed in a home office environment.

While there are indeed numerous benefits to remote working, it can also pose several challenges.

  • Cybersecurity threats are on the rise, targeting remote employees on their desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
  • Misplaced or stolen devices can result in data theft.
  • Insider threats are more difficult to monitor when employees work in isolated spaces.
  • Security systems are harder to roll out when employees aren’t physically visiting the office.
  • Employees are less likely to be caught not working during company hours.

A solution for these challenges is an endpoint management system like Microsoft Endpoint Manager that combines Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager under one solution.

So, what is Microsoft Intune? In a nutshell, Intune is a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) service. It allows IT administration teams to control features and settings on endpoints carrying the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10/11
  • Android
  • Android Enterprise
  • iOS
  • iPadOS
  • macOS

With Intune, organizations can:

  • Specify policies and rules for specific devices, including company and personal devices.
  • Control the content users and devices can access.
  • Remove sensitive data from enrolled devices as needed.
  • Remotely install applications and updates to mobile devices.
  • Authenticate applications on endpoints.
  • Ensure that devices don’t fall short of security standards.

In addition, Intune integrates with other Microsoft services to enhance employee access and monitoring capabilities. For example, Microsoft Intune and Azure AD in integration enable direct control over data access rights.

With Intune, companies can also conveniently update cybersecurity measures on endpoints. For example, network teams can configure passwords, PIN policies, and install anti-malware technology, or set up Virtual Private Network (VPN) accounts on devices with Intune.

In addition to ensuring that devices don’t fall short of security standards, they can also prevent unsecured devices from accessing company networks.

Company leaders can also feel more confident about productivity; Intune allows organizations to monitor how much time remote workers spend on each application on an enrolled device.

While Intune is an outstanding device and application management tool, companies must take further steps to protect their interests and keep employee and corporation data safe from escalating online threats. For example, education and training are essentials measure so remote workers can avoid threat vectors.

Security policies that can help organizations enhance security should include:

  • Requirements for creating long and complex passwords.
  • Steering clear of unsafe links, websites, emails, and messages.
  • Refraining from downloading or uploading sensitive files to unauthorized locations.
  • Using next-generation anti-malware software that gathers intelligence from EDR systems.

The right experts can help companies implement powerful data security tools like Intune. Consult with a long-established IT services provider like Softlanding to gain visibility and control of any device that accesses your systems and sensitive data by rolling out Microsoft Intune across your environment.