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Passwordless authentication with Microsoft

Microsoft has been working toward a passwordless future for years, and the pandemic has only set things into motion. “When you have digital transformation and businesses having to go remote overnight … the number of digital surfaces has increased exponentially,” explains Jakkal, corporate vice president of Microsoft security, compliance & identity, in an interview. “The number of attack surfaces has increased exponentially, so that was a big driving factor for us in accelerating a lot of our security initiatives.”

The tech juggernaut has armed itself against multi-factor authentication that relies on conventional passwords. This is due to the fact that weak or frequently used passwords can be automatically guessed or brute-forced, making them a prime target for cyberattacks and phishing.

For users to access Microsoft Teams data, a secure authentication mechanism called MS Teams multifactor authentication must be used. Once the user has been verified in the first stage of multifactor authentication using their login and password, configured MFA (push notifications, Google Authenticator, and one-time password through SMS) prompts the user for the second step of verification. Users are given access to Microsoft Teams resources after completing both authentication procedures successfully. This additional layer of security prevents an unauthorized user from accessing your data.

Passwordless authentication has straightforward advantages. The majority of individuals set their own passwords, and without the aid of a password manager, it can be difficult to come up with one that is both secure and simple to remember. Additionally, many people reuse their passwords, which enables attackers to swiftly log into a number of compromised accounts after a specific company is targeted and its passwords are stolen.

You can now entirely delete the password from your Microsoft account. This feature is available today. To sign in to your prefered programmes and services, such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and others, use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification number provided to your phone or email. This problem keeps coming up for me repeatedly. Never say you don't to me. A password can sometimes be painful to forget. I was surprised to learn that nearly a third of consumers prefer to avoid dealing with a forgotten password by altogether discontinuing use of an account or service.

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  • Staff/Vendors Identification and Central Directory configuration management

  • Cloud single-sign-on (SSO) management

  • Privilege Access Management

  • Design and Deployment Central governance and management across user/staff/vendors account

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