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Azure AD: A Key Identity Store for Compliance

Azure AD is a go-to solution for companies looking to manage user identities and access privileges in the cloud. The adoption has made Azure AD: A key identity store for compliance purposes.

Azure AD has proven to be one of the most critical cloud identity stores in the industry since 2013. According to data from Microsoft, 95% of the Fortune 500 utilize Azure, making it a key identity solution.

Benefiting from Cloud-Based Solutions

Cloud-based identity is increasingly critical to organizations, and as Microsoft stated, Azure AD has become a dominant player in key identity and cloud solutions. Azure AD is tightly coupled with Microsoft’s enterprise-friendly suite of work productivity tools such as Office 365, a vital factor in Azure AD’s rapid adoption. As AD has emerged as one of the leading in this space, cloud-based identity is increasingly critical to organizations because it provides a great deal of flexibility regarding access, authentication, and more. The business benefits of having an established cloud-based identity include:

  • Increased productivity
  • Improved user experience
  • Reduced cost for registration and management of users
  • Increased security with multi-factor authentication options
  • Simplified integration with other systems in an organization

With robust user management capabilities, organizations can easily manage users, groups, and permissions to help improve their operations and grant and restrict access to applications and resources. Optional multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security by verifying user identities. Microsoft’s support of Azure AD enables enterprises to have legacy applications run in the cloud with Kerberos/NTLM authentication. Azure AD can also integrate on-premise to pull all relevant groups, users, and role information. Since the platform is highly scalable and flexible, organizations can quickly adapt to changing business needs.

The Growth of Azure AD

Azure AD has experienced impressive growth in recent years as businesses move to the cloud and seek a provider of comprehensive IAM solutions. Using Azure AD’s identity governance feature, organizations are provided with a comprehensive view of their users and their activities across the cloud. With various essential roles and permissions on your Azure AD, you must keep this information secure and compliant. Plus, each company that uses AD has its own set of regulations and rules they need to adhere to.

This is where YouAttest comes in.

YouAttest, a 100% cloud-based offering, brings IGA functionality, specifically access reviews to a customer’s Azure AD in  minutes as opposed to months.  The product is secure, using SAML connectivity and light weight – utilizing the Azure AD for the enteprise IGA reports.  YouAttest has advanced features including but not limited to state-in-time auditing for change reviews, auto-delegation, auto-scheduling, multiple reviewers and time-stamped reports.

Image #1: YouAttest utilizes secure SSO to the Azure AD tenant for identity audits for security and compliance.

YouAttest pulls all the required user, group, or role information necessary for identity audit – utilized in SOX, SOC2, HIPAA/HITRUST, ISO 27001, GLB and CMMC audits

YouAttest integrated into Azure AD enables the risk manager to delegate access reviews to the correct level, like a first-line manager. There is no requirement for tickets, emails, or other manual efforts by automating this process. YouAttest even has automated ‘nag’ emails to ensure reviewers complete their tasks.

To learn more about how YouAttest integrated with AD, please get in touch with us, and let’s get started on improving your access review process! The result is usually a 70–80% time savings to your crew, making you more productive and secure.

YouAttest is an automated identity audit tool for your identity and access control resources. Trace3’s Sr. Practice Director, GRC & Security Intelligence, Kyle Gillland, will join YouAttest on Wed, Feb 23rd for webinar:  “Auditing your Azure AD for SOX, SOC2, HIPAA/HITRUST, ISO 27001 and Other Compliance Measures”.

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