Top 4 ways your Azure AD can help you enable remote work

Azure AD Helping Remote Work | Binary Tree

While remote work is a common feature of modern workplaces, it’s become imperative in 2020 – and possibly beyond. Where it’s feasible, enabling work to happen from homes is a critical way to help keep employees, customers, partners and communities healthy and safe.

For those of you with Office 365 and using Azure Active Directory, a number of capabilities enable remote work while helping you keep your organization secured.

Here are our top four recommendations for enabling remote work:

  1. Use Microsoft Teams – a common collaboration tool

If your company hasn’t already broadly adopted a collaboration tool, standardizing on a common platform can reduce barriers across groups. If you’re not currently licensed to use Microsoft Teams, see here for details about free access.

If you prefer non-native tools, Azure AD integration provides federated single-sign-on (SSO) and automated user provisioning, allowing you to deploy to all your users quickly and give them frictionless access.

  1. Enable your users to securely access cloud apps from outside your corporate network

To protect your organization, it’s essential that when you enable access to cloud apps from personal devices and remote locations, it is done securely. If you’re already using Azure AD Conditional Access, you know it can be used to apply security policies to help ensure the right people have access to the apps they need, in line with your organizational requirements. You can extend your policies to protect all your apps, requiring controls like passing an MFA challenge or using a compliant device.

If you already have Conditional Access rolled out in your organization, we recommend you examine your policies and ensure they’re not preventing remote access. Policies that block access when off the corporate network are common and would cause problems. You may find that an alternative combination of Conditional Access controls will enable remote work, while still meeting your security requirements.

  1. Provide secure access to your on-premises apps from outside your corporate network

Most organizations are running lots of business-critical apps on-premises, many of which may not be accessible from outside the corporate network. Azure AD Application Proxy is a lightweight agent that enables internet access to your on-premises apps, without opening up broad access to your network. You can combine this with your existing Azure AD authentication and Conditional Access policies to help keep your users and data secured.  

  1. Collaborate with partners

With many companies canceling non-essential business travel, working closely with business partners can become more difficult. Binary Tree’s capabilities can help you use your Microsoft collaboration tools —securely across company boundaries.

The power of the cloud enables new ways to work, giving us flexibility in challenging times.  Binary Tree can help you transform and manage change to and within  the Microsoft cloud while keeping your users productive — and your business moving forward. Stay safe and be well.