What is Azure Active Directory (AD)?
Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based directory service offered through Microsoft and developed for Windows domain networks. You can think of Active Directory as a digital phone book…but with more flexibility and tools. Active Directory stores information about your organization including sites, systems, users, and just about anything else you want to control access over. Active Directory is also a tool for you to govern identities and control who has access to what, and at what level.
Why use Azure Active Directory?
At its core, Azure Active Directory is about protection. Unfortunately, as technology improves, so does the sophistication of bad actors and data thieves alike, which only increases the criticality around safeguarding our sensitive data.
Azure Activity Directory is a comprehensive, cloud-based identity management service, providing single sign-on and multi-factor authentication to help protect your users from 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks.
Azure Active Directory governs two primary access issues:
- Authentication, which manages which users it grants access into Azure Active Directory
- Authorization, which determines what resources users have access to within Azure Active Directory.
What are the benefits of the Active Directory suite of applications for your business?
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