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Switch from per-user MFA to MFA with Microsoft Entra Conditional Access

Setting up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) per user significantly enhances the security of a Microsoft tenant and is now the standard practice for every administrator. With per-user MFA, a Multi-Factor Authentication is required from the user during each sign-in. However, this can lead to frustration among legitimate users whose workflows are disrupted by frequent MFA prompts. To achieve a better user experience while balancing security and usability, it is recommended to switch to MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) using Microsoft Entra Conditional Access.

Migrate legacy MFA and legacy SSPR policies to the authentication methods in Microsoft Entra ID

Microsoft recently announced that the legacy policies for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) will no longer be supported after September 30, 2025. We need to migrate the legacy MFA and SSPR policies to the authentication methods in Microsoft Entra ID.

Microsoft Entra Conditional Access: Block Authentication Flows

The Microsoft Entra Conditional Access for authentication flows regulates the use of the device code flow and authentication transfer. The device code flow is used to authenticate devices that do not have a browser or whose input is restricted, such as smart TVs, IoT devices, or printers. The device code flow represents a high-risk authentication flow, which could be exploited in phishing attacks or to gain access to corporate resources on unmanaged devices. The authentication transfer is a new flow that provides a seamless way to transfer the authenticated state from one device to another. In the desktop version of Outlook, users might be presented with a QR code. When they scan it on their mobile device, their authenticated state is transferred to the mobile device.

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