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7 Core Azure AD Identity Management Capabilities

Identity and access management solutions help IT protect access to applications and resources across the corporate data center and into the cloud, enabling additional levels of validation such as multi-factor authentication and conditional access policies. Monitoring suspicious activity through advanced security reporting, auditing and alerting helps mitigate potential security issues.

Active Directory is the heartbeat of most organizations. Azure Active Directory is the hosted version of the classic service and it is built to be the pivot point of your hosted and on prim services.  As Microsoft Gold-Certified company, PATECCO uses  Azure Active Directory capabilities, offering single sign-on to simplify user access to thousands of cloud applications from Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.

1. Single sign-on

Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication process that allows a user to access multiple applications with one set of login credentials. Once signed in to all of the applications, there is no need to authenticate a second time.

Azure AD extends on-premises Active Directory into the cloud, enabling users to use their primary organizational account to not only sign in to their domain-joined devices and company resources, but also all the web and SaaS applications needed for their job. Besides, application access can be automatically provisioned or de-provisioned based on organizational groups and their status as an employee. 

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2. Multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication is a two-step verification process that is focused on helping secure access to your account. Multi-factor authentication asks authorized users of an account for information that only they should know and that helps prove ownership of that account.

It works by requiring any two or more of the following verification methods:

  • Something you know (typically a password)
  • Something you have (a trusted device that is not easily duplicated, like a phone)
  • Something you are (biometrics)

3. Consumer identity and access management

Azure Active Directory B2C is an identity management service for consumer-facing applications, that allows consumers to sign-in to your application by:

  • Using their existing social accounts (Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn).
  • Creating new credentials (email address and password, or username and password). These credentials are referred to as local accounts.

Azure Active Directory B2C offers the enterprises a better way to integrate consumer identity management into applications with the help of a secure, standards-based platform and a large set of extensible policies.

4. Device registration

Azure AD Device Registration is the foundation for device-based conditional access scenarios. When a device is registered, Azure Active Directory Device Registration provides the device with an identity that is used to authenticate the device when the user signs in. The authenticated device, and the attributes of the device, can then be used to enforce conditional access policies for applications that are hosted in the cloud and on-premises.

5. Privileged identity management

Azure Active Directory (AD) Privileged Identity Management gives you the opportunity to discover, restrict and monitor privileged identities and their access to resources but also enforce on-demand, just in time administrative access when needed. AD Privileged Identity Management helps you to see which users are Azure AD administrators, to get reports about administrator access history and changes in administrator assignments and to get alerts about access to a privileged rolS.

6. Identity protection

Azure AD Identity Protection is more than a monitoring and reporting tool. It assists with protecting user identities from being utilized in an unsecure manner by detecting vulnerabilities and risky accounts. Another feature is that it configures automated responses to detected suspicious actions that are related to your organization’s identities.

7. Hybrid identity management

Hybrid identity management creates and manages a single identity for each user across all your datacentre-based directories, keeping attributes in sync and providing self-service and SSO for users.

Hybrid Identity solutions enhance end-user productivity with self-service and SSO experiences. This helps users by providing them each with a single identity to use no matter what they access, whether they are working in the office, working remotely, or connecting to a cloud-based SaaS app. Additionally, Hybrid Identity solutions, can enable users to work autonomously and focus on the task at hand, reducing support costs and work disruptions. 

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