Tighten up network security with Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – available now


Cloud technologies and devices have revolutionized the way we work, empowering employees to access networks from anywhere, any time and on any device. But what if you’re the person who’s responsible for keeping these networks secure? With password theft, phishing and key-logging, it’s a wonder that IT professionals have slept at all the last several years. On Thursday, Microsoft shared some welcome news for weary IT pros, announcing the general availability of Windows Azure Multi-factor Authentication.

Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is more than just peace of mind. It’s remarkably easy for both users and IT professionals to start using right away.

Users can choose their preferred authentication route:

MFA app – Users can download the Multi-Factor Authentication app on their smartphone or tablet. When they sign in, a notification is pushed to the app – just tap to launch and authenticate. The app can also work as a token, creating a one-time sign-in code.

Phone – Users can choose an automated phone call, in which they just answer the call and press the pound sign to reply.

Text message – Users can also request a passcode via text message, which lets them simply reply to the text with the passcode for access.

It’s just as easy for administrators. If you already use Windows Azure Active Directory, simply click on the box that says “Require Multi-Factor Authentication.” Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be used for Cloud applications such as Windows Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM. It can also be used for on-premises VPNs, Web apps and can even be built into custom applications using the SDK.

For more information, including pricing details, take a look at this post on the Windows Azure blog.

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Deborah Pisano
Microsoft News Center Staff