Azure AD-related updates from Identiverse 2021

Identiverse is the place for all things Identity. This year’s Identiverse Conference marks the 12th Identiverse Conference; its first-ever hybrid event to be held starting June 21, 2021. The in-person component is in Denver, Colorado with an accompanying virtual component that can be accessed from anywhere.

Microsoft’s contributions to Identiverse 2021 were towards the virtual event only, and centered around the principle of Zero Trust. Certainly, announcements were made to fit the principals of Zero Trust from within Azure AD.

Azure AD news, shared at Identiverse

Microsoft shared the following numbers regarding Azure AD usage:

Continuous Access Evaluation

During the masterclass on ‘How to enforce security policies in real time with Continuous Access Evaluation’, Jay Lu and Marc Morowczynski shared that since October 2020, the Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE) feature has seen strong usage.

Microsoft also shared that General Availability for Continuous Access Evaluation is nearing for all Azure AD tenants. At GA, CAE will support more Microsoft aps and services, more partnerships, more signal types and more policies.

Passwordless

Microsoft shared that passwordless usage is growing. Over 200 million users now actively use Passwordless, worldwide. Microsoft is also seeing 7 times growth of organizations using FIDO in the past year.

The recently announced Temporary Access Pass (TAP) was highlighted as a means to deliver day-one credentials for Paswordless scenarios.

Azure AD features, announced at Identiverse

Microsoft announced the following new Azure AD features:

CAE-integrated apps and services Public Preview

Microsoft shared that the following services are now integrated with Continuous Access Evaluation Public Preview:

  • Microsoft Exchange Online
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft SharePoint Online
  • Microsoft Graph
  • Outlook
  • Outlook Mobile
  • Outlook Web Access
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneDrive for Business
  • OneDrive

CAE integration Partnerships Public Preview

Microsoft goal for Continuous Access Evaluation Public Preview is to extend beyond its first-party apps and services. To that purpose it announced that they are partnering with Facebook, SailPoint and Apple to make Workplace, SailPoint and iOS CAE-integrated applications.

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