As frontline workers increasingly interact with workplace applications using mobile devices, tablets, or other mobile form factors, organizations face higher risks of these devices being lost, stolen, or temporarily misplaced. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced new licensing options for organizations with frontline workers to address these potential risks and other security threats, while also helping improve compliance capabilities.
With these offers, organizations using Microsoft Surface devices can better protect their devices and data against attacks or accidents. With security capabilities built into the firmware, operating system, and Microsoft 365, Microsoft has taken a comprehensive chip-to-cloud approach to help organizations deliver more protection for employees using Surface devices with Microsoft 365.
Surface with Microsoft 365 provides unique protection at the front line. To provide a few illustrations of how devices may be vulnerable and how this new level of protection can support organizations and frontline workers, here are a few commonplace examples:
A building inspector is on a job site and sets her Surface Pro 7+ down for a second while she checks a plumbing connection. Someone steals the device, hoping to find sensitive information or perhaps intending to sell the device to a highly capable hacker. The following protections built into Surface and in the cloud with Microsoft 365 help prevent a stolen device from compromising sensitive data:
A retail employee is helping a customer in the store when they both hear a loud crash. Another customer has knocked over a display accidentally. The employee puts down their Surface Pro X and rushes over to help. Seeing the device was not locked, someone takes the device. Later, they try to access data stored on the device. With Microsoft’s cloud security, the retail establishment’s data is protected.
An employee joins a public Wi-Fi network, which creates the potential for a malicious actor to collect sensitive information. Or maybe the employee accidentally clicks a link that installs malicious code on a device. Surface with Microsoft 365 can keep data secure in a few ways:
In addition to the ways that Surface with Microsoft 365 can help keep frontline devices secure, with cloud management and Windows Autopilot, Surface devices can also be shipped directly to a worker’s location without IT ever touching the device, saving time and effort. As frontline workers increasingly use devices in public spaces, the need to protect sensitive information at the front line has never been more important.
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