Active Directory Security

Microsoft announced 16 new low-privileged access roles for Azure Active Directory service to help administrators to reduce the number of Global administrators in the directory.

Along with the 16 new roles, Microsoft also included a Global reader, which is the read-only version of the Global administrator role.

The Global reader role provides read-only access to all settings including Office 365, administrators can use them for planning, audits, investigations and administrative roles.

16 New Roles Azure Active Directory

The new roles include authentication administrator and Privileged authentication administrator, which allows administrators to manage Azure AD roles and to grant granular permissions for credential management.

“As a best practice, we recommend having no more than five permanent Global administrators. To support this, our strategy is to provide built-in roles for 90 percent of your scenarios, and to provide the capability for you to build custom roles for requirements that are specific to your organization.”

  • Authentication administrator – View, set, and reset authentication method information and passwords for any non-admin user.
  • Azure DevOps administrator – Manage Azure DevOps organization policy and settings.
  • B2C user flow administrator – Create and manage all aspects of user flows.
  • B2C user flow attribute administrator – Create and manage the attribute schema available to all user flows.
  • B2C IEF Keyset administrator – Manage secrets for federation and encryption in the Identity Experience Framework.
  • B2C IEF Policy administrator – Create and manage trust framework policies in the Identity Experience Framework.
  • Compliance data administrator – Create and manage compliance data and alerts.
  • External Identity Provider administrator – Configure identity providers for use in the direct federation.
  • Global reader – View everything a Global administrator can view without the ability to edit or change.
  • Kaizala administrator – Manage settings for Microsoft Kaizala.
  • Message center privacy reader – Read Message center posts, data privacy messages, groups, domains and subscriptions.
  • Password administrator – Reset passwords for non-administrators and Password administrators.
  • Privileged authentication administrator – View, set, and reset authentication method information for any user (admin or non-admin).
  • Security operator – Creates and manages security events.
  • Search administrator – Create and manage all aspects of Microsoft Search settings.
  • Search editor – Create and manage editorial content such as bookmarks, Q & As, locations, floorplan.

The Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based identity and access management service, with Azure you can limit the control over various apps based on the organization requirement.

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