A Recap of Identity-related Announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2021

Another Microsoft Inspire event has come to a close. Microsoft organized Inspire 2021 as a free digital event between Wednesday July 14th 5 PM and Friday July 16th 5 PM CEST.

Microsoft Inspire is Microsoft’s annual event where it kicks off its fiscal year with its partner community. Inspire is Microsoft’s way to explain what’s coming in the year ahead and work together to find shared solutions for customers.

During Inspire 2021, Microsoft made the following Identity-related announcement:


Cloud App Security App Governance Add-in Public Preview

App governance is a new paid add-in capability for Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) that can be used to monitor, protect and govern Microsoft 365 apps and quickly identify, alert and prevent risky behaviors directly from the compliance center. This capability is now in preview.

MCAS is a cloud security broker (CASB) that helps users gain visibility across multicloud apps, discover shadow IT, protect sensitive information anywhere in the cloud, enable protection against cyber threats, assess compliance and manage security posture across clouds.

Many apps are unintentionally overprovisioned, which can lead to greater risk exposure than expected. This new add-in feature will provide organizations with the ability to define and enforce appropriate app behavior policies for Microsoft 365 OAuth apps that use the Microsoft Graph API with data, high-value users and other apps.

App governance add-in provides:

  • Deep visibility and insights
    Get deeper visibility into apps that access Microsoft 365 data and actionable insights on how the app is configured and behaving in the environment.
  • Policy-driven governance
    Proactively define and enforce appropriate app behavior with data, users and other apps in accordance with your organization’s security and compliance posture for data access.
  • Comprehensive detections and remediation
    Detect anomalous app behavior with machine learning models and address issues with automated and manual remediation actions.


Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection with Azure AD B2C

The scope of protection of Microsoft Azure Active Directory B2C (Azure AD B2C) is extended to include fraudulent activities by integrating Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection with Azure AD B2C.

By combining the power of Azure AD Identity Protection and Dynamics Fraud Protection’s account protection capabilities, customers can help protect end customers from account abuse, thus protecting their own business.


Further reading

How Microsoft Security empowers partners to build customer trust
Fraud trends part 4: balancing identity authentication with user experience
Microsoft Inspire 2021 Book of News

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