Identity & Access Controls


Azure enables customers to control access to their environments, data and applications. Microsoft offers comprehensive and federated identity and access management solutions for customers to use across Azure and other services such as Office 365, helping them simplify the management of multiple environments and control user access across applications.

Enterprise cloud directory.

Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management solution in the cloud. It combines core directory services, advanced identity governance, security, and application access management. Azure Active Directory makes it easy for developers to build policy-based identity management into their applications. Azure Active Directory Premium includes additional features to meet the advanced identity and access needs of enterprise organizations.

Access monitoring and logging.

Security reports are used to monitor access patterns and to proactively identify and mitigate potential threats. Microsoft administrative operations, including system access, are logged to provide an audit trail if unauthorized or accidental changes are made. Customers can turn on additional access monitoring functionality in Azure and use third-party monitoring tools to detect additional threats. Customers can request reports from Microsoft that provide information about user access to their environments.

Strong authentication.

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication reduces organizational risk and helps enable regulatory compliance by providing an extra layer 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.

Role-based access control.

Multiple tools in Azure support authorization based on their role, simplifying access control across defined groups of users.

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