Azure Multi-Factor Authentication
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication reduces organizational risk and helps enable regulatory compliance by providing an extra level of authentication, in addition to a user’s account credentials, to secure employee, customer, and partner access. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be used for both on-premises and cloud applications.
Get security and convenience
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication helps safeguard access to your data and applications while addressing user demand for a simple sign-in process. The service offers enhanced protection from malware threats, and real-time alerts notify your IT department of potentially compromised account credentials. Multi-Factor Authentication delivers strong authentication via a range of easy options, including mobile apps, phone calls, and text messages, allowing users to choose the method that works best for them. Support for multiple methods ensures that users can always be reached for additional authentication.
Add it to on-premises applications
Use the Multi-Factor Authentication Server to enable additional authentication for on-premises applications such as remote access VPNs and web applications, as well as cloud applications using Active Directory Federation Services. Sync with Server Active Directory or another LDAP directory to streamline user management. Run the Multi-Factor Authentication Server on your existing hardware or in a Azure Virtual Machine. Multiple, redundant servers can be configured for high availability and fail-over.
Turn it on for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
Use Multi-Factor Authentication to secure access to Azure, Microsoft Online Services like Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, and thousands of Non-MS Cloud services preintegrated with Azure AD. Simply enable Multi-Factor Authentication for Azure AD identities, and users will be prompted to set up additional verification the next time they sign in. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is also included in Azure Active Directory Premium offering.
Build it into your applications
A Software Development Kit (SDK) enables direct integration with your cloud services. Build Multi-Factor Authentication phone call and text message verification methods into your application’s sign-in or transaction processes and leverage your application’s existing user database.
Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365
Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, powered by Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, works exclusively with Office 365 applications at no additional cost and is managed from the Office 365 portal. Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 offers a subset of Azure Multi-Factor Authentication capabilities as shown in the following table:
| ||Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365||Azure Multi-Factor Authentication|
|Administrators can Enable/Enforce MFA to end-users ||Yes ||Yes |
|Use Mobile app (online and OTP) as second authentication factor ||Yes ||Yes |
|Use Phone call as second authentication factor ||Yes ||Yes |
|Use SMS as second authentication factor ||Yes ||Yes |
|Application passwords for non-browser clients (e.g. Outlook, Lync) ||Yes ||Yes |
|Default Microsoft greetings during authentication phone calls ||Yes ||Yes |
|Custom greetings during authentication phone calls || ||Yes |
|Fraud alert || ||Yes |
|MFA SDK || ||Yes |
|Security Reports || ||Yes |
|MFA for on-premises applications/ MFA Server || ||Yes |
|One-Time Bypass || ||Yes |
|Block/Unblock Users || ||Yes |
|Customizable caller ID for authentication phone calls || ||Yes |
|Event Confirmation || ||Yes |
Multi-Factor Authentication for Azure administrators
The same subset of Multi-Factor Authentication capabilities for Office 365 is available at no cost to all Azure administrators. Every administrative account of an Azure subscription can now get additional protection by enabling this core multi-factor authentication functionality via Azure Active Directory service. An administrator that wants to access Azure portal to create a VM, deploy a web site, manage storage, use mobile services or any other Azure Service can add Multi-Factor Authentication to his administrator account.
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