Securing O365 For Mobile Employees

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O365 Enables Mobile Productivity

Enterprise adoption of Microsoft Office 365 (O365) skyrocketed to over 258,000,000 users in 2020 and continues to climb into 2021, with 70% of Fortune 500 organizations purchasing licenses to the productivity toolset.

As employees have moved beyond the office walls, they require productivity tool sets that can go where they go. Enabling cross-platform productivity and communication across traditional and mobile endpoints allowed companies to shift to distributed and remote workforces with minimal disruption to daily activity. With this shift has come further adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) and other mobile endpoint policies for workflow, data access, communication needs.

“Simply put, do not roll out O365 on mobile without MTD. It is that simple. Think about all of the corporate data sitting in Outlook or being discussed in Teams on mobile endpoints. Would you enable that amount of exposure on any other platform without protection? Never.”

– Eric Green, Cyber Defense Operations at TikTok

Mobile Data Access Expands the Attack Surface

The rise of mobile adoption with corporate owned and BYOD access has exposed enterprises to potential attacks from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats as many of these new security layers still focus almost exclusively on traditional endpoints. Adversaries need only find one unprotected device to wreak havoc on an enterprise’s infrastructure. According to the MITRE ATT&CK Matrix, legacy-based mobile security layers, such as mobile device management (MDM) products, virtual private networks (VPNs), and multi-factor authentication (MFA), do not sufficiently address the increased risk presented by these endpoints.

While O365, through Microsoft Endpoint Manager, enables IT and security teams to manage mobile endpoints as the UEM, it lacks the necessary mobile threat defense layer critical to an effective advanced security architecture, such as Zero Trust.

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Zimperium Delivers Mobile Security for O365

Zimperium paired with Microsoft enhances Zero Trust architectures by delivering comprehensive mobile risk posture data. Together, the solutions advance mobile security, bringing Zero Trust capabilities to mobile endpoints and enabling IT and security administrators to decrease their attack surface and increase their overall security confidence. The combination of Microsoft's management and security solutions and Zimperium's unique on-device mobile device security delivers unequaled protection for managed and unmanaged (BYOD) devices.
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Enabling Mobile Zero Trust with Zimperium and Microsoft

Microsoft Endpoint Manager was not designed to detect active attacks, and organizations still need to implement an MTD solution to complete protection. By implementing Zimperium zIPS into the mobile security stack, IT and security teams can fill the legacy applications’ security gaps while integrating seamlessly into existing workflows.

Zimperium zIPS’ unique ability to detect on-device and in real-time is critical to protecting and supporting Zero Trust initiatives. If MTD protection is not always on, security gaps could prevail, a dependency on a cloud connection disables Zero Trust posture by default.

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“The Zimperium platform has allowed us to protect O365 and other apps and provide our associates with more freedom, less administrative overhead, and more security than they’ve had before. This really hits all the goals of a user-friendly security program.”

– Principal Security Architect for a Major Medical Device Company

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