With the support of Data Networks’ Microsoft Engineers, the school was able to deploy the Microsoft Azure AD P2 application to its fullest.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

By asking more of the user, multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds a crucial extra layer of security. As a result, the university encountered fewer help-desk costs, while enjoying the benefits of MFA’s enhanced protection.

Risk-based MFA

To maximize the experience for trusted users and stop infiltrators in their tracks, risk-based MFA intelligently analyzes users and decides when to request additional verification. With this capability in place, IT Admin can detect suspicious activity and challenge intruders before they can do any damage, while allowing frictionless access to legitimate users.

Microsoft Azure AD Conditional Access

Today’s security administrators are faced with two competing priorities: protect the organization and its electronic assets, and enable users to be productive no matter their location. Organizations can no longer settle for passwords alone to block or allow access to their networks and applications. With Conditional Access, a component of Microsoft Azure Active Directory, the system analyzes various user signals like the user identity and location, the device they’re using, the application they’re accessing, and other risk factors. Based on these factors, the system can decide whether to allow access, require MFA, or deny access.

Knowledge Transfer

Data Networks’ final deliverable was to setup knowledge transfer sessions with their Senior Microsoft Engineers and the university’s IT staff. These sessions reviewed the setup and functionality of the new platforms, the Recent Activity page, remediation procedures, guest user access plans, Azure AD’s activity and risk reports, their Microsoft 365 Security Score, and Conditional Access policies.

Mission accomplished

By leveraging the advanced features of Azure Active Directory Premium P2 (part of the Microsoft 365 A5 suite), the university was able to both modernize and simplify their identity and access management solution. Users benefit from a simpler authentication process that works everywhere (single sign-on), and administrators benefit from easier security reporting, management, and automation. Dashboard reporting of authentication allows for IT Admins to quickly identify and remediate threats and determine that the university’s network is secure.

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