Does your organization handle sensitive information? Do you want to manage user authentication and access from one control panel? Do you want to restrict device access to your cloud data?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you will want to bolster your Microsoft security by adding Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) licenses.
This is why:
The Price is Right: Microsoft is now offering up to 50 Enterprise Mobility & Security (EMS) E3 licenses for free. This price drop, down from $2.50 per license, allows nonprofits to take advantage of serious security features and manage them at the enterprise level. Additional licenses beyond the 50 free licenses are priced at $2.50 per month.
Advanced Security Features: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security provides an identity-driven security solution that offers a holistic approach to the security challenges in this mobile-first, cloud-first era. EMS E3 is not associated with Office 365 E3 and offers the following features:
- Identity and access management: Azure Active Directory Premium P1 – secure single sign-on to cloud and on-premises apps; Multifactor Authentication (MFA), conditional access and advanced security reporting
- Managed mobile productivity: Microsoft Intune – mobile device and app management to protect corporate apps and data on any device
- Information protection: Azure Information Protection Premium P1 – encryption for all files and storage locations and cloud-based file tracking
- Identity-driven security: Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics – protection from advanced targeted attacks leveraging users and entity behavioral analytics
This is the hard part:
Tech Impact recommends that all nonprofits take advantage of the EMS E3 offer. However, setting it up properly takes planning, execution and ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
Planning: You can’t just spring this on your users. They will hate you. I personally chased people around the office after being forced into new security steps (but that’s just me 😊). You need to provide education to your leadership as to why this is important and then you have to do the same with your users.
Execution: Setup is a series of small steps toward full implementation. Most of it is new technology, which most of us haven’t used in the past.
Ongoing Monitoring and Maintenance: You’ll need to constantly monitor all aspects of EMS functionality and complete tasks to keep everything operational.