Microsoft’s bet to manage identities
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Microsoft just introduced Microsoft Entera solution with which it wants to provide organizations with a broad and simple identity framework, which provides secure access to all assets and platforms of the company and its environment.
the new family Microsoft Sign In encompasses all of Microsoft’s identity and access capabilities and includes Azure ADas well as two new product categories: Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) Y Decentralized Identity. The goal of this solution set is to provide a secure access to everything and everyone and offer identity and access management, cloud infrastructure rights management, and identity verification. The new family of Microsoft products Enter:
- Protect access to any application or resource by each user in the organization.
- Guarantee and verify each identity in hybrid and multicloud environments.
- Identify and manage permissions in multicloud environments.
- Simplify the user experience via smart access decisions in real time.
The arrival of Microsoft Entra, whose offer of services and functionalities will continue to grow, represents an important step for the company, which now offers a complete set of products that meets the identity needs of organizationsfor which it is increasingly important – and difficult – to address risks as they move forward with their digital initiatives.
Protect and facilitate digitization
Microsoft Enter embodies the company’s vision of what secure, modern access should be. Identity must be a gateway to a world of new possibilities, not an obstacle that limits access, creates friction and slows down innovation.
The arrival of Microsoft Entra, whose offer of services and functionalities will continue to grow, represents an important step for the company
Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD), Microsoft’s flagship solution for identity and access management (IAM), is now part of the Microsoft Entra family, maintaining its valued conditional access and passwordless authentication capabilities. Azure AD External Identities will continue to be Microsoft’s solution for customers and partners within the Microsoft Entra family.
With the acquisition and integration of CloudKnox last year, Microsoft becomes the first Tier 1 cloud provider to offer a Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) solution: Microsoft Enters Permissions Management. This tool provides end-to-end visibility into the permissions of all identities (both users, services and applications), actions and resources in hybrid and multicloud scenarios”.
In addition, Microsoft has announced other product innovations as part of the new family, such as Microsoft Sign in Verified IDwhich is based on decentralized identity standards. Verified ID furthers Microsoft’s commitment to the future of open, trustworthy, interoperable, and standards-based decentralized identity management for users and organizations. Verified ID allows people and organizations to decide what information they share, when they share it, with whom they share it and, when necessary, retrieve itinstead of granting consent to many applications and services, and spreading identity data across many providers.
The potential decentralized identity scenarios are innumerable. when possible verify an organization’s credentials in less than a second, business-to-business and business-to-customer transactions can be conducted with greater efficiency and confidence. For example, profiling for a new job is faster and more reliable when people can digitally store and share their training and certification credentials. Similarly, managing healthcare is less complicated when both doctor and patient can verify each other’s identity and trust that their interactions are private and secure. Microsoft Sign in Verified ID will be available in early August.
Another of the announced novelties focuses on the challenge for IT and security teams to provision new users and guest accounts and manage their access rights manually. New hires are often slow to gain access to the resources they need to do their jobs. Similarly, external collaborators can also experience delays in identity management, which can undermine the smooth functioning of the supply chain. Additionally, if there are no formal or automated processes for account replenishment or deactivation, your access rights may still be in place when professionals change roles or leave the organization.
Identity Governance addresses this issue with identity lifecycle management, simplifying user onboarding, maintenance, and opt-out processes. Lifecycle workflows automate the assignment and management of access rights, as well as monitoring and tracking, as user requirements change. Identity Governance will be available in version public preview During the month of July.