Improving Security For MFA Approvals – Number Matching

Rolling out in November 2021 is a new feature – that of requiring the user to enter a number rather than just click approve on the MFA prompt. This update to Azure AD requires the use of Push Notifications and therefore requires the use of the Microsoft Authenticator app. It also requires that MFA is… Continue reading Improving Security For MFA Approvals – Number Matching

Adding Location To Azure AD MFA

This Azure AD feature is something that a number of other Multi-Factor Authentication providers have already implemented – that of showing the location of the user login (and the app in use) on the MFA prompt. This feature rolled out to Azure AD in mid November 2021 in preview – so use in non-production tenants… Continue reading Adding Location To Azure AD MFA

Azure AD Consent For Zoom App Not Applying

This is a issue where you enabled Admin Approved Consent in Azure AD (as you should) and you require apps that have high data access rights to be approved. The Zoom add-in/desktop app falls into this category as it requires write access to your calendar and your contacts in Exchange Online. But if you set… Continue reading Azure AD Consent For Zoom App Not Applying

MFA, Admin Roles and AADConnect Sync Failures

Come Feb 29th 2020 and Microsoft are turning off the baseline security policies. If you used these policies to do MFA for all admins (as that was an easy way to achieve this), then a replacement Conditional Access rule might cause errors with AADConnect. The reason being is that you could create a new Conditional… Continue reading MFA, Admin Roles and AADConnect Sync Failures

Blocking Apps With a Low Reputation

One of the benefits of Microsoft 365 is the interaction across many products and features to create services that otherwise you might not have available to you or need to implement unrelated and unconnected additional software and maybe client agents as well. Recently announced is an interaction between Windows Defender (client AV and other security… Continue reading Blocking Apps With a Low Reputation

Baseline Policy Replacements: Conditional Access MFA for Administrators

From Feb 29th 2020 Microsoft will remove the “baseline policies” from Azure AD. These were very useful in the past to enable blanket settings like MFA for all admin accounts (well, selected admin roles) and to disable legacy auth for the same admin roles. With the removal of the baseline policies you need to ensure… Continue reading Baseline Policy Replacements: Conditional Access MFA for Administrators

Impact of Removing SMS As an MFA Method In Azure AD

There are a number of general recommendations that SMS (text messages) as an MFA method is not a good idea (mainly to do with the ease of porting or moving devices the number is associated with). You should always be looking at MFA with an app (Microsoft Authenticator or other) or hardware device. But the… Continue reading Impact of Removing SMS As an MFA Method In Azure AD

MFA and End User Impacts

This article will look at the various different MFA settings found in Azure AD (which controls MFA for Office 365 and other SaaS services) and how those decisions impact users. There is lots on the internet on enabling MFA, and lots on what that looks like for the user – but nothing I could see… Continue reading MFA and End User Impacts

Getting Rid of Passwords in Azure AD / Office 365

This article is based on the public preview of the use of hardware tokens/Microsoft Authenticator to do sign-in without passwords released in July 2019 Using Microsoft Authenticator for Passwordless Sign-in You used to be able to do this by running the following in PowerShell for the last few years New-AzureADPolicy -Type AuthenticatorAppSignInPolicy -Definition ‘{“AuthenticatorAppSignInPolicy”:{“Enabled”:true}}’ -isOrganizationDefault… Continue reading Getting Rid of Passwords in Azure AD / Office 365

Register For Azure AD MFA From On-Premises Or Known Networks Only

A long request within Azure AD/Office 365 has been the request to be able to register your security info from a known location or only on certain other conditions. Well it looks like this has appeared in Azure AD in the last few days!! Its visible under Azure AD > Conditional Access > New/Existing Policy… Continue reading Register For Azure AD MFA From On-Premises Or Known Networks Only

Read Only And Document Download Restrictions in SharePoint Online

Both SharePoint Online (including OneDrive for Business) and Exchange Online allow a read only mode to be implemented based on certain user or device or network conditions. For these settings in Exchange Online see my other post at https://c7solutions.com/2018/12/read-only-and-attachment-download-restrictions-in-exchange-online. When this is enabled documents can be viewed in the browser only and not downloaded. So… Continue reading Read Only And Document Download Restrictions in SharePoint Online

Decommission ADFS When Moving To Azure AD Based Authentication

I am doing a number of ADFS to Azure AD based authentication projects, where authentication is moved to Password Hash Sync + SSO or Pass Through Auth + SSO. Once that part of the project is complete it is time to decommission the ADFS and WAP servers. This guide is for Windows 2012 R2 installations… Continue reading Decommission ADFS When Moving To Azure AD Based Authentication

Hardware Tokens for Office 365 and Azure AD Services Without Azure AD P1 Licences

A recent update to Azure AD Premium 1 (P1) licence has been the use of hardware tokens for multi-factor authentication (MFA). This is excellent news if your MFA deployment is stuck because users cannot use phones on the shop floor or work environment or they do not want to use personal devices for work activities.… Continue reading Hardware Tokens for Office 365 and Azure AD Services Without Azure AD P1 Licences

Token2 Hardware OAuth Tokens and Azure AD Access

This blog post walks through the process of logging into Azure AD resources (Office 365, other SaaS applications registered in Azure AD and on-premises applications that utilise Azure AD App Proxy). First step is to order your desired hardware. For this article we are looking at the devices manufactured by Token2 (www.token2.com). These include credit… Continue reading Token2 Hardware OAuth Tokens and Azure AD Access

Read Only And Attachment Download Restrictions in Exchange Online

Microsoft have released a tiny update to Exchange Online that has massive implications. I say tiny in that it take like 30 seconds to implement this (ok, may 60 seconds then). When this is enabled, and below I will describe a simple configuration for this, your users when using Outlook Web Access on a computer… Continue reading Read Only And Attachment Download Restrictions in Exchange Online

Improving Password Security In the Cloud and On-Premises

Passwords are well known to be generally insecure the way users create them. They don’t like “complex” passwords such as p9Y8Li!uk%al and so if they are forced to create a “complex” password due to a policy in say Active Directory, or because their password has expired and they need to generate a new one, they… Continue reading Improving Password Security In the Cloud and On-Premises