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Microsoft Security contains a wealth of industry leading cybersecurity solitons, all accessible through the Microsoft CSP program. These security solutions can be bundled together in M365 licences, but can often not be fully utilised by customers. CSP partners have a unique opportunity to protect their customers with Microsoft Security products without the need to have multiple vendors, contracts and orders. Furthermore, the inter-connectivity of the Microsoft Security suite allows for synchronicity across customers admin portals. Tech Data have developed solutions, resources and training to help enable, collaborate with, and deploy Microsoft Security solutions. In this first article, we will look into Identity and Access Management as a pillar of Microsoft Security.

Microsoft’s Identity and Access Management solutions and technologies are designed to authenticate users upon login, and then prove users are authorised before granting access to apps and data. It is important for this to be in an invisible yet in a non-invasive way for the user, yet highly visible and trackable for the business. Over 90% of data breaches occur from using employee identities; it is therefore crucial to protect end users identities and protect your organisation from identity breaches.

In this article, we will focus on three key areas:
First, protecting at the front door. No matter where you’re accessing from, Microsoft can help you to protect your organisation. No matter where you’re accessing the application or data from, multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be the first line of defence to protect your organisation. By utilising our Identity Management Click-to-Run, Tech Data can help build MFA security into your user experience.

Microsoft, heavily invest in making their security simple for end users. Why? As we have seen the statistics earlier, users will bypass any protection if it is not made simple and user friendly. Passwords are not sustainable, they’re weak and they’re not the best form of authentication; especially with the threat of dictionary and password spray attacks. There is a strive for ‘No Password’ access via Microsoft solitons such as Windows Hello for Business, which uses locally stored biometric data, a PIN, and certificates to grant user access. Microsoft’s aim is to make sure that the experience is convenient and yet secure. Keeping in mind, another important distinction: security needs to be invisible for the user, yet highly visible and trackable for the business, because otherwise, you won’t know if your security is breached. You need to get indications that you’re protected. There needs to be a balance.

This is why IAM solutions have been developed, to help you protect credentials – privileged and non-privileged ones - in the first place. This article has touched the surface of Microsoft Identity and Access Management products, there are many more to highlight, such as their conditional access products, and PIM/PAM solutions. To talk about these in more detail, get in touch, or book a meeting via the link below.

To find out more about Microsoft Security, You can book 30 mins directly in my calendar here, and we can explore the Microsoft Security ecosystem in more detail. Alternatively, please reach out to the Tech Data Microsoft Team – csp@techdata.co.uk.