Microsoft ‘kills’ passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security
Cloud lineup gets security overhaul with 2FA and new monitoring tools
Ignite Microsoft is beefing up the security in its cloud services lineup with a handful of unveilings today at this year’s Ignite conference.
The Redmond giant says the offerings are part of an aim to secure both its own web services and the partner ecosystems that have popped up around them.
Passwords out to pasture
Among the big declarations from security VP Rob Lefferts was that Microsoft was marking “the end of the era of passwords.”
This will be done by extending the Microsoft Authenticator multi-factor phone app to Azure Directory (AD). Any network that uses AD to authenticate people will now be able to give those users the option of using Authenticator to sign in via a PIN, fingerprint, or face scan on their iOS or Android device.
So you can log into your account if you physically have your phone and a valid PIN for the Authenticator app, for example. If you have the app running on your handheld, and provide the right extra detail – a PIN, face scan, etc – then access is granted to your account via AD.
“Using a multi-factor sign-in method, you can reduce compromise by 99.9 percent, and you can make the user experience simpler by eliminating passwords,” Lefferts declared. ..Read More..