As a technology administrator for your company, you’ve witnessed employees bring in their own devices to be more productive. “Bring your own device” or BYOD is becoming a hot workplace trend, with 74% of companies allowing their employees to use their own devices for work related purposes.

Combined with cloud, the prospect of employee-owned devices is enough to scare fear into even the strongest of IT managers. While some organizations have adopted rogue IT as the standard, others are still exploring solutions to help them manage the influx of technology.

One solution IT administrators can explore is Microsoft Azure Active Directory, a multi-tenant cloud based directory and identity management service run out of 28 data centers worldwide. Azure Active Directory (AD) provides an affordable and easy solution to give employees and businesses the ability to use single sign on (SSO) to access cloud applications like Office 365,, and Dropbox. Azure AD is already integrated for those who have Office 365 and other Microsoft applications already in use within their organization.

Other benefits of Azure include:

  • The ability to secure remote mobile access to on-premise applications. This means that your employees can still be productive even if they aren’t present in the office.
  • Comprehensive application usage monitoring to protect your business from advanced threats with security reporting and monitoring. This feature allows you to direct the appropriate traffic to the right applications when they are in heavy use to ensure consistent uptime.
  • Improved application security with Azure AD multi-factor authentication and conditional access. Only the users the IT administrator deems fit to access an application will have the opportunity to do so.
  • Implementation of self-service application access management to help IT managers move quickly, cut costs, and stay agile.

Additionally, Azure AD includes a full suite of identity management capabilities including multi-factor authentication, device registration, self-service password management, self-service group management, and much more. These capabilities enable organizations to manage their users and their devices while securing cloud applications, streamlining IT processes, cutting costs, and ensuring the corporate compliance goals.

Take your next step

If you’re ready to secure your organization’s cloud security, explore Microsoft Azure Active Directory for yourself on the Marketplace. With solutions across productivity, communication and collaboration, design and project management, and device management in addition to industry guidance, we have you covered. Check us out today.