Benefits of Azure Multi-Factor Authentication


Multifactor authentication or MFA is no longer an option. It is also important to enable it for all accounts, not just privileged accounts. Azure Active Directory provides the ability to protect identities with additional authentication methods. You can verify your identity using automated voice calls, text messages, the Microsoft Authenticator application, or a verification code.

Azure multi-factor authentication can be implemented using a variety of methods. Configure user settings so that users can report unauthorized attempts to your account.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of authentication that requires the use of more than one verification method and adds a critical second layer of security to user sign-ins and transactions. It works by requiring any two or more of the following verification methods:

  • Something you know (typically a password)
  • Something you have (a trusted device that is not easily duplicated, like a phone)
  • Something you are (biometrics).


 Azure Multi-Factor Authentication protects access to data and applications while meeting user demands for a simple login process. Provides strong authentication through a variety of simple validation options (phone, SMS, mobile app notifications), allowing users to choose their preferred method.


Azure Multi-Factor Authentication protects your business with security monitoring and machine-learning-based reporting that identifies inconsistent login patterns. Real-time alerts inform IT departments of suspicious account credentials to mitigate potential threats.


Use the local Azure MFA server to protect VPNs, Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services, Microsoft IIS Web Applications, remote desktops, and other dial-up applications that use RADIUS and LDAP authentication. Enable multifactor authentication in Azure Active Directory and add additional validation steps to all cloud-based applications and services.


Azure MFA is a way to verify users who need to use something other than the username and password. Provides a second layer of security for user connections and transactions. Azure Multi-factor Authentication helps protect data and application access while meeting user demands for a simple login process. Provides strong authentication with a variety of simple verification options such as phone calls, text messages, mobile app notifications or verification codes, and third-party OAuth tokens.

The security of multifactor authentication lies in a layered approach. Compromising several authentication factors is a major challenge for attackers. Even if an attacker learns a user’s password, it does not help even if he does not have a trusted device. If a user loses a device, the user who finds it can not use the device unless they also know the password of the user. Azure MFA is available in three different versions.

Office 365 Multifactor Authentication

This version only works with Office 365 applications and is managed from the Office 365 portal. As a result, administrators can use multifactor authentication to protect Office 365 resources. This version comes with an Office 365 subscription.

Multifactor Authentication for Azure Administrators

The same subset of multifactor authentication features in Office 365 is available for free for all Azure administrators. All managed accounts in an Azure subscription can receive additional protection by enabling this basic multifactor authentication feature. As a result, administrators who access the Azure portal to create virtual machines, Web sites, and manage storage, mobile services, or other Azure services can add multifactor authentication to their administrator accounts. It is recommended that all Azure administrator accounts be configured for MFA.


Deployment Considerations

Azure MFA  is deployed by applying policies with conditional access. A conditional access policy may require a user to perform multifactor authentication if certain conditions are met.

  • All users, specific users, group members, or assigned roles
    • Specific cloud application being accessed
    • Device platform
    • Device status
    • Network location or IP address geographically located
    • Customer application
    • Connection risk (requires identity protection)
    • Supported devices
    • Participating Azure AD hybrid devices
    • Approved client applications