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A Zero Trust Guide for Azure AD

A Zero Trust Guide for Azure AD 1

In today’s digital world—especially with the additional remote work taking place under shelter-at-home practices—it’s crucial to have a strong security framework. We’ve discussed before how a Zero Trust policy provides solid protection against attacks. But implementing this practice does take extra work. Let’s go over some guidelines that can help get you started with this vigilant security model by looking at its core principles and how they would play out within a Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) service, using Azure AD Connect if necessary. Here’s a Zero Trust guide for Azure AD.

Three Principles of Zero Trust

The Zero Trust model assumes that every entity is a potential risk, both outside and inside a network. Operating under this framework means setting up strict security measures and adopting principles that will keep the tightest reign on possible breaches:


Zero Trust within Azure AD

To set up a Zero Trust model within Azure AD, you’d want to make every access request go through Active Directory. This means connecting every user, app, and device to it, and using Azure AD as your identity control hub. This centralizes and strengthens your security foundation. Once you have everything integrated, you can automate the way your user identities are provisioned into your applications, and begin to analyze logs that tell you about how these connections are operating. Then, you can take specific measures to line up your security with the Zero Trust principles:

Create an Environment of Least Privilege

These are ways you can use Azure AD to regulate user access so that it’s only applied when necessary:

Verify Users at All Times

Take Precautions that Assume Breach

Conclusions On Our Zero Trust Guide for Azure AD

With so many tools and capabilities, Azure AD sets the scene for a rock-solid, Zero Trust security foundation within your organization. We understand that it also presents a lot to think about and configure, so we’re happy to help—security’s kind of our thing. Let us know if you have questions or need more guidance, and we’ll make it happen.

For more on the general concept of Zero Trust, check out this interview with its creator John Kindervag.



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