Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Microsoft Renamed Azure Active Directory to Entra ID

Microsoft has recently made an announcement that their Microsoft Entra service has been extended to include the Security Service Edge.

Moreover, the Azure AD has been rebranded as Microsoft Entra ID.

According to Microsoft, there has been a significant increase in password attacks in the past year, with more than 4000 attacks per second. This number has almost tripled from the previous rate of 1,287 per second.

Additionally, Microsoft reports that attackers are becoming more sophisticated and finding new ways to bypass critical defenses.

Microsoft’s services have been significantly enhanced to ensure absolute security for businesses’ critical data and eliminate any possible security threats.

The company reported the next milestone in our vision of making it easy to secure access with two new products:

  • Microsoft Entra Internet Access
  • Microsoft Entra Private Access.

With this new service, we can secure access to any app or resource from anywhere; this increase in cloud workloads is straining traditional corporate networks and legacy network security approaches.

Microsoft Entra Internet Access:

It is an identity-centric Secure Web Gateway. It protects access to the internet, software as a service (SaaS), and Microsoft 365 apps and resources. 

It enables best-in-class security and visibility, along with faster and more seamless access to Microsoft 365 apps, so you can boost productivity for any user, anywhere.

Microsoft 365 scenarios in Microsoft Entra Internet Access are in preview today.

Microsoft Entra Private Access:

An identity-centric Zero Trust Network Access secures access to private apps and resources.

Now we can quickly and easily connect to private apps, and it reduces operational complexity and cost by replacing legacy VPNs and offers more granular security.

Both Internet and Private access focus on cloud access security brokers, which comprise Microsoft’s Security Service Edge (SSE) solution.

Microsoft’s Security Service Edge (SSE) solution.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory is Becoming Microsoft Entra ID

They are just changing the name, but the capabilities and licensing plans, sign-in URLs, and APIs remain unchanged.

Changed Azure to Entra

The organization added some advances in the Entra to defend the attackers, it helps IT and identity practitioners prevent account compromise. That deploys with a comprehensive snapshot of prevented identity attacks and the most common attack patterns.

They introduced the simple view metric cards by attack graphs and highlighting the business impact of enforced controls.

Microsoft Entra ID Governance, now generally available, is a complete identity governance solution that helps you comply with organizational and regulatory security requirements while increasing employee productivity through real-time, self-service, and workflow-based app entitlements.

Microsoft Entra External ID has integrated solutions for external users that include: customers, patients, citizens, guests, partners, and suppliers.

Moreover, they have only released a preview of these resources and will fully release them by the end of the year.


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