Security guidelines

To help improve security for your Cloud PCs, consider the following general guidelines:

  1. Apply Conditional Access policies to control the devices and apps that can connect to your email and company resources. Leverage Conditional Access to secure access end user access to Windows 365.Specifically, considering leveraging Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Multi-Factor Authentication to authenticate users. For more information, see What is Conditional Access in Azure Active Directory?
  2. Use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to identify threats and set devices as non-compliant. You can easily connect Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to Cloud PC devices, apply device compliance policies to Cloud PCs, and use Conditional Access to identify threats. For more information, see Enforce compliance for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with Conditional Access in Intune.
  3. Use Intune compliance policies with Conditional Access policies for Cloud PCs. These policies help identify non-compliant devices and users so they can’t access corporate resources until the device risk level is lowered. For more information, see Windows 10 compliance settings in Microsoft Intune. Windows health attestation settings cannot be validated on virtual machines including Cloud PCs.
  4. One of the most important elements of device security is OS updates. These updates make sure that devices stay up-to-date and secure while delivering new features and defenses against vulnerabilities. For Cloud PCs, Endpoint Manager can be used by IT admins to configure Intune Windows 10 update rings and policies for Windows Update for Business. For more information, see Manage Windows 10 software updates in Intune.
  5. By default Windows 365 Enterprise, end users are not administrators of their Cloud PCs. This aligns with Windows 10 security guidance. For more information about this guidance, see Local Accounts in the Windows documentation.
  6. Windows 365 integrates with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Security and endpoint admins can work together to manage their Cloud PC environment just like they manage a physical endpoint. If subscribed, Cloud PCs will:
    • Send data through to Microsoft 365 Secure Score.
    • Unhealthy PCs will show up on the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Security Center and threat analysis dashboards.
    • Cloud PCs will respond to remediation measures just like other managed devices.

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