Organizations should make securing privileged access their top security priority because of the significant potential business impact in case attackers would compromise this access level. Privileged Identity Management service in Azure AD offers time- and approval-based role activation to mitigate the risks of excessive, unnecessary, or misused access permissions on resources that you care about. With the help of Privileged Identity Management organizations can periodically review and renew privileged roles, eliminate persistent access and enforce time-limited access for critical roles, also monitor who has access to what and receive notification when privileged roles are activated. Securing privileged access effectively seals off unauthorized pathways and leaves a select few authorized access pathways that are protected and closely monitored.
Least privilege access
It often happens that when organizations start using the cloud lots of people are given different permissions. After a while, the roles become opaque, which can lead to errors within the organization’s IT system and the cloud, causing security issues. To avoid the risk, organizations can periodically review, renew, and extend access to resources.
Just-in-time privileged access
Organizations should minimize the number of people who have access to secure information or resources. However, users still might need to carry out privileged operations in Azure AD and Office 365, in situations like this, organizations can give users just-in-time privileged access to roles. Administrators are only granted access to administrative roles when required. When administrators request role activation, they need to document the reason for requiring role access, anticipated time required to have the access, and to reauthenticate to enable role access.
Privileged Identity Management is a popular service among businesses, for good reason. The service has several key features, such as
Provide just-in-time privileged access to Azure AD and Azure resources
Assign time-bound access to resources using start and end dates
Require approval to activate privileged roles
Enforce multi-factor authentication to activate any role
Use justification to understand why users activate a role
Get notifications when privileged roles are activated
Conduct access reviews to ensure users still need roles
Download audit history for internal or external audit
Prevents removal of the last active Global Administrator and Privileged Role Administrator role assignments
How can Noventiq help? For an already established environment, we will act as an expert to review the individual entitlements and, if necessary, provide a proposal to the client on how they should be changed. We can also help organizations set up and configure just-in-time access service. Noventiq’s experts can develop the approval process, define the approval authority and documentation steps, and then set them up within Microsoft Azure Active Directory as required. Contact us and ask for our experts’ help introducing Privileged Identity Management within the organization.
Identity is one of the six foundational pillars of a Zero Trust framework, along with devices, applications, data, infrastructure and network. Identities – whether they represent people, services or Internet of Things (IoT) devices – define the Zero Trust control plane. Out of the 4 recommended steps (multi-factor authentication, policy-based access, identity protection and secure access to SaaS and on-premises apps) that helps implementing Strong identity, policy-based access is a must because “With policy-based access we have near real time protection alongside an optimized for productivity user experience that omits all unnecessary or excessive security prompts and checks. That way, we all can focus on our work, knowing that we are protected” - Vitan Kostov, Noventiq’s Solution Sales Manager.
Strong identity is one of the foundational pillars of Microsoft’s Zero Trust security model, which provides a framework for moving from controlling access based on implicit trust assumptions to an approach that requires real-time verification of all users, devices, locations and other signals. Microsoft recommends four steps for implementing strong identity: Multi-factor authentication, Policy-based access, Identity protection and Secure access to SaaS and on-premises apps. Multi-factor authentication is a foundational one to strong identity. “Condition-based access and controls such as MFA are important to prevent unauthorized access to corporate applications, services and data. MFA spamming has become more prevalent with increasing adoption of strong authentication. Azure AD offers a broad range of flexible authentication methods to meet the unique needs of your organization and helps keep your users protected.” - Balázs Maar, Microsoft Solutions Sales Manager.
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“Nowadays when hybrid work has become natural in most enterprises, strong identity is essential for the balance between providing data- and identity security, while enabling good employee work experience. Strong identity starts with the foundation elements, and as a next step advanced solutions, like Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) are necessary for strong security.” - said Nikolay Dinev, Regional Services Lead of Noventiq. Read our blog post about how to secure access to SaaS and on-premises app to enable strong identity.