• Dana Epp

The 5 best practices you need to follow to protect identity in your Azure environment

If you are responsible for your company's Azure environment, protecting identity is a key aspect you need to think about. Here are 5 best practices you should be following to limit your exposure and strengthen your identity and access management (IAM) posture:

  • Enable single sign-on. Your users can use the same set of credentials to sign in and access the resources that they need, whether the resources are located on-premises or in the cloud.

  • Enforce multi-factor authentication (MFA) for users, especially your administrator accounts. Global administrators should be required to have this enforced. Use the Microsoft Authenticator app and the PUSH method for frictionless strong auth.

  • Turn on Conditional Access. With Azure AD conditional access, you can make automated access control decisions for accessing your cloud apps based on specified conditions. By doing this, every login will be scored to assess its risk and the engine will take actions to reduce it.

  • Use Role Based Access Control (RBAC). Restricting access based on the need to know and least privilege security principles is imperative for organizations that need to enforce security policies for data access.

  • Limit administrator access to a limited set of users. You can leverage Privileged Identity Management to ensure a just-in-time approach to obtain the required rights.