Microsoft Entra Gets New Identity and Access Management Solutions

Cloud Computing

Microsoft has announced a slew of updates for its Microsoft Entra product family. The company detailed two new security offerings, Microsoft Entra Internet Access and Microsoft Entra Private Access, to protect organizations against cyberattacks.

“In the last twelve months, we saw an average of more than 4,000 password attacks per second, an almost threefold increase from the 1,287 attacks per second we saw the previous year. We’re also seeing far more sophisticated attacks, including ones that manage to evade critical defenses, such as multifactor authentication, to steal access tokens, impersonate a rightful user, and gain access to critical data,” Microsoft explained.

With Microsoft Entra Internet Access, customers can ensure secure access to SaaS, internet, and Microsoft 365 apps and services. The service allows IT admins to configure network conditions to block malicious traffic and other security threats.

The Microsoft Entra Private Access security solution lets users securely connect to private apps from any network or device. The service lets administrators set up Conditional access policies to protect individual apps. They can also enforce controls like MFA and device compliance on legacy applications.

The new security service edge (SSE) solutions are currently available in preview for enterprise customers. Microsoft plans to unveil the pricing details when the new solutions will become generally available in the coming months.

Microsoft Entra Internet Access and Microsoft Entra Private Access

Microsoft Entra ID Governance updates

Microsoft Entra ID Governance is getting a few updates to boost protection against sophisticated attacks. There is a new dashboard that enables IT admins to monitor security posture, attack types, and recommendations. Other capabilities include AI-powered access reviews, lifecycle workflows, and more.

Starting on July 11, Microsoft’s partners (such as EY LL and KPMG) will help customers deploy Microsoft Entra ID Governance in their organizations. The list includes Edgile, EY LL, KPMG, PwC, and other global system integrator partners.

Microsoft Entra ID Governance dashboard
Microsoft Entra ID Governance dashboard

Microsoft Entra External Identities

Microsoft has introduced new capabilities for developers that were announced at Build 2023. The tools are designed to help developers quickly build personalized sign-in and sign-up experiences for their apps. Microsoft has recently launched the Verified ID SDK that enables developers to add secure digital wallets to mobile apps.

Microsoft to rebrand Azure AD as Microsoft Entra ID

Microsoft also announced today that it’s rebranding Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) as Microsoft Entra ID. The company will inform customers via notifications in the administrator portal, support documents, and websites. Microsoft expects to complete the rebranding process by the end of this year. This change won’t impact existing features, integrations, deployments, configurations, and licensing plans.