Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, and APIs Graph Security | 9/24/2018 | Staff
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Ignite Microsoft is beefing up the security in its cloud services lineup with a handful of unveilings today at this year's Ignite conference.

The Redmond giant says the offerings are part of an aim to secure both its own web services and the partner ecosystems that have popped up around them.

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Among the big declarations from security VP Rob Lefferts was that Microsoft was marking "the end of the era of passwords."

This will be done by extending the Microsoft Authenticator two-factor phone app to Azure Directory (AD). Any site that uses AD will now be able to give users the option of using Authenticator to sign in via a PIN, fingerprint, or face scan on their iOS or Android device.

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"Using a multi-factor sign-in method, you can reduce compromise by 99.9 percent, and you can make the user experience simpler by eliminating passwords," Lefferts declared.

"No company lets enterprises eliminate more passwords than Microsoft."

Companies - Microsoft - Windows-as-a-service - Package - Security

Companies opting for the Microsoft 365 Windows-as-a-service package will now be able to use a new security monitoring tool to track and manage all of the security features and reports generated by the various online and offline platforms.

Microsoft says the feature will allow admins to have a single screen where they can view reports from emails, Office applications and documents, Windows endpoints and managed infrastructure.

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"This will let analysts save thousands of hours as they automate the more mundane security tasks," Lefferts declared.

Azure, meanwhile, will get new security reporting in the form of Secure Score, a service Microsoft says will give admins updates on what security policies are in effect at their company and where...
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