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Microsoft Entra Privileged Identity Management (PIM) and FIDO2: Increasing the security of privileged roles

Privileged roles and permissions in Microsoft Entra ID allow you to manage all aspects of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365. To make phishing and other attacks more difficult, a secure password for privileged Microsoft Entra roles is no longer enough. Phishing-resistant multi-factor-authentication, such as FIDO2 protocol on a security key in combination with Microsoft Entra Privileged Identity Management (PIM), significantly increases security for the Microsoft Tenant and convenience for the user.

Microsoft Entra Internet Access: Protect users with powerful web content filtering

Microsoft Entra Internet Access is a cloud-delivered solution that secures access to web content. It protects users, devices, and data from internet threats. This solution is part of Microsoft’s Security Service Edge (SSE), which also includes Microsoft Entra Private Access. This solution is based on the core principles of Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), which aims to apply the principle of minimal rights, explicit verification and assumption of an attack. Microsoft Entra Internet Access implements adaptive access controls, simplifies network security, and enables a consistent user experience, regardless of location. Microsoft delivers the solution over the Microsoft Wide Area Network, which covers more than 140 countries and 190 network edge locations.

Secure Emergency Access: Create and Manage Microsoft Entra Emergency Accounts with YubiKey (FIDO2)

A Microsoft Entra Emergency Account (Break Glass Account) is a highly privileged account for emergency access to Azure resources in critical situations when traditional access paths are not available. For example, this may be a service outage, so that multi-factor authentication cannot be performed via a mobile phone. The use of emergency accounts is strictly controlled, monitored and restricted.

Microsoft Entra Private Access: secure access to internal resources and cloud services without VPN

Microsoft Entra Private Access gives users secure access to the internal network and cloud-based services from anywhere in the world. Setting up and maintaining (complex) VPN connections is now a thing of the past. Microsoft Entra Private Access is part of Microsoft Global Secure Access, which includes a range of identity and network access security products. The service is based on the SASE framework (Secure Access Service Edge), which combines WAN functions and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) in a cloud-based platform.

The Guardian of Azure Services: Azure Service Health

An essential aspect of using cloud services is ensuring availability and performance. Outages or performance problems have a significant impact on today’s business processes and lost revenue, image damage and angry customers.

Azure Service Health is a free service from Microsoft Azure. The service provides real-time information in a dashboard about the status and performance of Azure services. The service continuously monitors resources and proactively informs about service problems.

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