Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)

  • An identity and access management service that helps you access internal and external resources.
  • Azure AD licenses: Free, Premium P1, Premium P2 and Pay as you go
    • Free – user and group management in your on-premises directory
    • Premium P1 – allows access to both on-premises and cloud resources.
    • Premium P2 – provides an additional feature called Azure AD Identity Protection.
    • Pay as you go – offers a feature called Azure AD B2C.

Features

  • You can use Azure AD Authentication for a self-service password reset, MFA, custom banned password list, and smart lockout.
  • Allows you to manage external identities using Azure AD B2B.
  • Azure AD B2C is a business-to-customer identity as a service that allows you to control how your users sign up, sign in, and manage their profiles when using your applications.
  • Azure AD B2C provides you control on how your users sign up, sign in, and manage their profiles when using your applications.
  • You can manage the access in your cloud apps with conditional access.
  • With Azure AD Device Management, it allows you to manage and configure device identities.
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  • If you need to manage domain services such as domain join, group policy, and authentication, you can use Azure AD Domain Services.
  • Identity Governance ensures that only the authorized people have the right access to specific resources.
  • Supports hybrid identity to access resources in the cloud or on-premises.

Monitoring

  • Monitor the security and usage patterns of your environment with Azure AD reports and monitoring.
  • With Azure AD Connect Health, you can view alerts, monitor performance and check usage analytics of your on-premises Active Directory and Azure AD.

Security

  • Detect potential vulnerabilities and resolve suspicious actions with identity protection.
  • Azure AD PIM helps you control the access within your organization.
  • You can use security defaults to enable MFA in your organization.
  • Enabling security defaults protects you from common identity-related attacks.
  • You use block legacy authentication if a user is using a legacy application.
  • Identity secure score helps you verify your configurations if it’s aligned with Microsoft’s best practice for security.
  • You can lockout intruders that try to guess your users’ passwords or use brute-force methods in Azure AD using smart lockout.
  • Manage, control, and monitor access to significant resources in your organization with Privileged Identity Management (PIM).

Authentication Fundamentals: The Basics

Learn more about Azure Active Directory in this playlist from the Microsoft Azure YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO-uTWSmU_E&list=PLLasX02E8BPBm1xNMRdvP6GtA6otQUqp0

Sources:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-whatis
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/active-directory/

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