passwords

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 15 – Do not expire passwords

Research has found that when periodic password resets are enforced, passwords become less secure. Users tend to pick a weaker password and vary it slightly for each reset. If a user creates a strong password (long, complex and without any pragmatic words present) it should remain just as strong in 60 days as it is today. It is Microsoft’s official security position to not expire passwords periodically without a specific reason, and recommends that cloud-only tenants set the password policy… 

A first look at Administrative Units and My Staff in Azure Active Directory

Recently, Microsoft introduced Administrative Units in Azure Active Directory. At the time of writing, this feature is in preview. Today we take a first look at how this is going to help organizations managing users and groups in Azure Active Directory. But to understand why this feature is such a big deal, we need to know what the difference is between the “classic” Active Directory and the “modern” Azure Active Directory structure. Active Directory To illustrate this, I created a… 

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 05 – Enable self-service password reset

With self-service password reset in Azure AD, users no longer need to engage helpdesk to reset passwords. This feature works well with Azure AD dynamically banned passwords, which prevents easily guessable passwords from being used. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at Self Service Password Reset in Azure AD. Self Service Password Reset allows your users to quickly unblock their account without the help of IT staff or helpdesk. For readability, I use SSPR for… 

Microsoft Secure Score Series – 03 – Enable Password Hash Sync if hybrid

Password hash synchronization is one of the sign-in methods used to accomplish a hybrid identity. Azure AD Connect synchronizes a hash, of the hash, of the user’s password from an on-premises Active Directory instance to a cloud-based Azure AD instance. Password hash synchronization helps by reducing the number of passwords your users need to maintain to just one. Enabling password hash synchronization also allows for leaked credential reporting. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at…