Azure AD Cross-Tenant Access with B2B Direct Connect

This is my take on the Azure AD Cross-Tenant access settings. This was something I was hoping to configure a while back. However the capabilities weren't available at that time, but the need for some kind of a trust relationship between two Azure AD tenants was bubbling up. Gone of days organizations set up trust … Continue reading Azure AD Cross-Tenant Access with B2B Direct Connect

Microsoft Entra Identity Governance – Connecting the Dots

Been working on this blog post for a while as this talks about an important service in Azure AD. In a standard organization environment, how many resources will a user access from the point where they have Onboard to the day that they are offboarded from all the systems? Are you able to keep a … Continue reading Microsoft Entra Identity Governance – Connecting the Dots

Latest Microsoft Authenticator App/ MFA Improvements

Exciting new improvements in the Microsoft Authenticator front. This is a step towards phishing attacks that can lead to accidental MFA approvals. We all know about MFA fatigue by now and how much damage a bad actor can make when an account holder makes one wrong move. This will trend will not stop, but this … Continue reading Latest Microsoft Authenticator App/ MFA Improvements

How to Configure Azure AD Authentication Strengths

Require Multifactor Authentication is good, but what if the methods that can be registered aren't powerful enough to secure the resources? Eg: Accept the Auth push notification or SMS or Phone Call method. Those traditional methods have proved user authentication methods must be strengthened in-order to defend today's sophisticated phishing attacks. Introducing  Authentication strengths Conditional … Continue reading How to Configure Azure AD Authentication Strengths

Azure AD Device Registration – Part 1 – How to Fix the Pending Registration State Issue?

Firstly I must say, during your cloud journey you may have seen this error many times and fixed this many times. Also there can be engineers who are yet to see this error (among other errors) and want to fix this. In a Hybrid AAD Joined (HAADJ) environment, ideally what you want the device registration … Continue reading Azure AD Device Registration – Part 1 – How to Fix the Pending Registration State Issue?

[Product Feature] Passwordless Authentication with FEITIAN BioPass FIDO2 Security Key K49

FEITIAN Technologies recently reached me out via LinkedIn to request if I can review one of their latest Passwordless key products - K49. This is not a paid review and only contains my independent opinion as a technologist as well as an avid Identity and Access Management enthusiast. I'm always a big fan of going … Continue reading [Product Feature] Passwordless Authentication with FEITIAN BioPass FIDO2 Security Key K49

A Closer Look At The Azure AD Joined Device Local Administrator Role And Endpoint Manager Account Protection Policy

Local Admin is a must needed account/ access that requires in a domain setup for so many reasons. Over the years Microsoft brought many options to manage these accounts in a secure manner. Restricted groups/ LAPS etc. With Azure AD and Endpoint Manager in the scene, many devices are moved to cloud managed rather than … Continue reading A Closer Look At The Azure AD Joined Device Local Administrator Role And Endpoint Manager Account Protection Policy

Windows Autopatch – General Availability With Improvements

This is an update post on the much awaited Windows Autopatch service. This went from Public Preview to General Availability today (12/06/2022) and number of good improvements have been introduced and I would like to go through them. If you haven't read my previous posts on Windows Autopatch, please check them from below. Features Enrollment … Continue reading Windows Autopatch – General Availability With Improvements

Microsoft Entra – An Overview

Woke up to a nice little surprise from Microsoft this morning. Microsoft Entra. At first glance It looked like they have bundled the Identity and Access related products in to one portal and provides access via https://entra.microsoft.com According to Microsoft, this is a single pane of view for all Identity and Access related solutions, which … Continue reading Microsoft Entra – An Overview

Use Conditional Access Policies to Securely Register Security Information for MFA and SSPR

Hello there! This week I thought I will write one more article on Conditional Access Policies. As you know setting up an access policy is easy and it is basically mandatory to have one or more polices now, but you may have internal polices where anyone who is registering for MFA must do that in … Continue reading Use Conditional Access Policies to Securely Register Security Information for MFA and SSPR

How to Use KQL and Azure Log Analytics to Inspect Azure AD Sign-in Logs?

As you may already know KQL has become the standard for querying large data sets in Azure Log Analytics space. When you have thousands of users who are in Azure AD and when you have MFA and other Conditional Access Policies setup, next thing you will see is tons of sign in logs, activity logs, … Continue reading How to Use KQL and Azure Log Analytics to Inspect Azure AD Sign-in Logs?

Azure AD Break Glass Account: What to consider when creating one and how to monitor sign ins

With the growing threats around the world everyday, bad actors are targeting Microsoft 365 ecosystem like never before. Attacks are taking place everyday and if and when they have breached in, their end goal is to go for the "keys to the kingdom". Usually its just the end of the story when they get them. … Continue reading Azure AD Break Glass Account: What to consider when creating one and how to monitor sign ins