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Understanding and governing reauthentication settings in Azure Active Directory

Governing when users receive authentication prompts when authenticating to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is depending on more than one setting, on which functionalities are in use and also in which scenario you authenticate (Browser, Modern clients or other). Reauthentication can take place by asking for a single factor, like password, FIDO,  the password less option in the Microsoft Authenticator app or by using Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

So you might understand that how reauthentication must be configured really depends per company and per scenario, so luckily Microsoft provides options which you can configure.

Some examples:

  • You want users to reauthenticate more often when they come from a non-managed or non-registered device
  • You want users to reauthenticate more often when using a certain cloud application which you make available via Azure AD single sign on
  • You might want some users in your organization to authenticate more often than others based on their risk profile

In this article I’m going to explain the different options available and where to configure what setting so that you can govern your own reauthentication settings.

Disclaimer: This post reflects the status of assigning groups to Azure AD roles as of October 21, 2020. Functionality may change, even right after this post has been published.

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Mobile Application Management for Mobile Devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager/Intune deep dive

With Microsoft Intune, there is a lot of focus on the Mobile Device Management (MDM) aspects of the product. This is logical because from a management perspective, if you manage a device using MDM, you can configure almost all settings remotely, something we as System Administrators have been doing for many years.

In many situations, just managing the Apps which you use to access your company data hosted in Office 365 is a more suitable solution, there are a couple of reasons for that.

  • Many companies who want to implement measures to protect their company data, already allow access to company data via email, apps but now want to manage that. End users, even the ones provided with a device owned by the company, use the device for personal usage as well.
  • Implementing a MDM solution for mobile devices, is far more complex and more intensive from a system management point of view, in many cases the MDM solution provides way more functionality than what’s really required (protect the company data)

Mobile Application Management (MAM) in some cases is a perfect way to let your end-users use their device the way they are used to, but also implement security measures which protect your company’s most valuable asset: The data.

In this article I will go into more detail of the MAM without enrollment (MAM-WE) functionality provided by Microsoft Intune/Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Disclaimer: This post reflects the status of assigning groups to Azure AD roles as of October 10, 2020. Functionality may change, even right after this post has been published.

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May 2020 update of the Conditional Access Demystified Whitepaper, Workflow cheat sheet, Implementation workflow and Documentation spreadsheet

In August last year, I published eight articles in a series on Conditional Access, and later when finished I decided to bundle those articles in a paper which I made available on the TechNet Gallery. In March this year, Microsoft decided to retire the TechNet Gallery, so I had to find another solution to host this paper and some of the additional workflows and spreadsheets I posted as well. For now I’ve decided to host these on GitHub since that is an easy accessible location as well.

The articles I wrote at that time, will remains as is, and I’ve decided to update the paper once in a while to reflect the current status of Conditional Access. Even though some of the information in the articles is outdated, I still think that they can be of value.

Below I’ve summarized the articles I published last year:

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Some welcome additions to the Admin consent workflow in Azure AD

Update October 7 2020: This functionality is now GA, see Publisher verification and app consent policies are now generally available

In February this year, I wrote an article about Admin consent in Azure Active Directory. The article titled: “Did you already modify your Azure AD consent defaults settings? Here is why you should“, explained why giving end-users within your Azure AD the ability to give consent for every Application might not be such a good idea.

While disabling this option for the end-users is recommended by Microsoft, and having a workflow in place to review any requests and approve if found valid is a more secure solution it introduced an administrative burden since each request must be reviewed by one of the defined users in the list of users to review admin consent requests.

In order to address this, Microsoft made some changes to the way the Admin consent workflow is working which allows an Azure AD administrator more control over which requests must be approved and which are allowed automatically.

Note: This post reflects the status of Admin consent as of May 22, 2020. Functionality may change, even right after this post has been published.

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Completed the Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert Certification

Yesterday I completed the last exam in order to earn the Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert certification. Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrators have the skills necessary to evaluate, plan, migrate, deploy, and manage Microsoft 365 services.

With this certification the following skills have been measured in the exams I have taken:

  • Design and implement Microsoft 365 services
  • Manage user identity and roles
  • Manage access and authentication
  • Plan Office 365 workloads and applications
  • Implement modern device services
  • Implement Microsoft 365 security and threat management
  • Manage Microsoft 365 governance and compliance
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Announcing #WMUG_NL Tuesdays Webinar 2 featuring Michael van Horenbeeck

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we (the Windows Management User Group Netherlands) were forced to move our activities to virtual events. We started this event on Tuesday April 21 with a session about how to maximize Windows 10 and ConfigMgr network performance hosted by Johan Arwidmark. If you missed this webinar, no problem since we have a recording available on our YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure. You can find the recording here: WMUG NL Tuesdays webinar featuring Johan Arwidmark.

For Tuesday May 5th we have another great speaker lined up. This time Michael van Horenbeeck will presented on the topic: “Microsoft 365 Security in the real world”.

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