I consider myself as a person who loves music and sport and geek.
I've been linked to the IT world since 2006 when I get my first job as helpdesk, since then, I've been working in many other IT jobs and in other departments, but today I'm working as Cloud Solutions Architect, focused on Azure and Microsoft Security products.
I love IT and the new challenges that my work faces me every day
Microsoft Entra will verify all types of identities and secure, manage, and govern their access to any resource. The new Microsoft Entra product family will:
Protect access to any app or resource for any user across hybrid, multicloud, and beyond;
Secure and verify every identity including for employees, customers, partners, apps, devices, and workloads;
Provide only necessary access by discovering and right-sizing permissions, and managing access lifecycles for any identity; and
Simplify the human experience with simple sign-in, intelligent security, and unified administration.
But, what it is really Microsoft Entra? A unified portal for securing and managing every identity – The admin center for Microsoft Entra facilitates identity and access management, multicloud permissions management, and administration of verifiable credentials, all in one place.
When Entra will take place? In May 31st
And what happens to my AzureAD? Azure AD continues to be the foundational infrastructure for all new products in Microsoft Entra family. Innovation and investment in Azure AD continues, including the popular Application Gallery, Conditional Access, multifactor authentication, passwordless, and more.
Will I still be able to access my Azure AD Admin portal? short answer yes, long answer see below:
The Azure AD admin center (aad.portal.azure.com) will continue to function for the next 12-18 months, and then redirect to entra.microsoft.com in 2023 after extensive customer notice.
The Azure portal at portal.azure.com will also continue to offer Azure AD for Azure customers.
The M365 portal Azure AD admin page will be redirected to entra.microsoft.com later this summer.
So, can I Buy Microsoft Entra? Microsoft Entra is a product family. Products within Microsoft Entra are available for sale but there is no Entra bundle to purchase
This new product family has an impact on licenses or billing? No, but if you’re interested in sing Microsoft Entra Permissions Management will need to obtain a license for the solution. Microsoft Entra Verified ID is a free service but some scenarios, integrated with Azure AD capabilities, may require an Azure AD P1 or P2 license as a pre-requisite.
Hi! I will participate in the Spanish track of the GlobalAzure event, I will talk about security, AzureAD and best practices. If you want to knowmore, check out the agenda: https://globalazure.es/#schedule
As you probably have seen in my previous posts, security keys are here to stay. They can be used as a separate authentication method beyond secondary authentication. There are multiple manufacturers that help us in our passwordless journey, for that reason, to the realization of this post, I used a IDMelon security key that also supports FIDO2
The main difference here with other security key, is that IDMelon uses is own security authenticator app which I will review during this post.
How it works
First of all, you need to download the app to your smartphone, which can be done in a very simply steps and then plug the security key and install the software.
Once you have done this, you can pair your smartphone and the key:
At first glance, what it takes my attention to, it was the push notification, I was expecting the typical push notification from authenticator, but in the IDMelon security key, it was provided by the application that you have installed in the smartphone earlier.
If you look deeper into this application, you can check the current plan that you have with the security key, and most important, the activity log of the security key, which I think is great!
Now, if we look into the AAD Sign in we are able to review the sign in information regarding the security Key:
To conclude, I found that IDMelon keys are a great product, because not only provides a password less journey to the users, also provides a simply way to manage the activity of the security token and also the signin process.
Thanks to IDMelon for providing this token to test out their solution
This history began with a new dev project, we needed to be included in a DevOps Project inside the customer organization.
We were first invited to the Teams group to collaborate, upload the documentation and so on, so our users were first created in the AAD of the customer, till here, no problem.
But then, the customer created the DevOps project, and he invited us to collaborate in the project, we received the mail, but when we tried to access, we were receiving the following error message:
We were pretty sure, that we had access to the project, we were checking with the customer the access, and we were having access, we waited some time to replicate the permissions change, but nothing, so where was the problem?
The error page shows that we do not have access, so after digging a while with the problem, I realized that when I tried to navigate to the organization URL, in Edge was showing the error message that could lead us to something:
So, the problem is that guests are not allowed to access to the organization (TF909091), so how we can solve that problem?
Pretty simple, we need to ask the customer, to go to the organization settings and modify the security policies:
Also, to check if in the policies of the project, the check was allowed:
After doing that, we were able to access to the DevOps project, and start working
Currently, we could say that Legacy Authentication is one of the most compromising sign-in, luckily for us, older protocols have been replacing with modern authentication services, taking the advantage that MA supports MFA, while Legacy Authentication refers to all protocols that use Basic Authentication, and only requires one method of authentication.
So, it is important thar for security reasons we need to disable legacy authentication in our environments, why? Because enabling MFA isn’t effective if legacy protocols are not blocked. For example, the following options are considered legacy authentication protocols:
Authenticated SMTP – Used by POP and IMAP clients to send email messages.
Autodiscover – Used by Outlook and EAS clients to find and connect to mailboxes in Exchange Online.
Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) – Used to connect to mailboxes in Exchange Online.
Exchange Online PowerShell – Used to connect to Exchange Online with remote PowerShell. If you block Basic authentication for Exchange Online PowerShell, you need to use the Exchange Online PowerShell Module to connect.
Exchange Web Services (EWS) – A programming interface that’s used by Outlook, Outlook for Mac, and third-party apps.
IMAP4 – Used by IMAP email clients.
MAPI over HTTP (MAPI/HTTP) – Used by Outlook 2010 and later.
Offline Address Book (OAB) – A copy of address list collections that are downloaded and used by Outlook.
Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP) – Used by Outlook 2016 and earlier.
Outlook Service – Used by the Mail and Calendar app for Windows 10.
POP3 – Used by POP email clients.
Reporting Web Services – Used to retrieve report data in Exchange Online.
Other clients – Other protocols identified as utilizing legacy authentication
How can we monitor the usage of legacy authentication in Azure AD?
Thanks to Log Analytics, Insights and workbooks, we are able to monitor the use of those protocols, for instance:
And check the non-interactive sign-ins (be careful with ADConnect sync accounts):
In this case, I am testing out the K33 and K44 products
The initial setup of the tenant is covered in my previous post, so I will skip the details of how to do it.
To configure the K33 key you will need to download the app “BioPass FIDO2 Manager” from the Windows Store:
And connect your K33 key via USB to the laptop (otherwise won’t be possible to configure), the configure your preferred PIN, and finally configure your fingerprints. The process to the K44 is similar, but in this case, I am using and Ipad, and the app to download is “iePassManager”
Once the key has been paired, the process to configure it is simple, the only thing that you must take into account is that even it is Bluetooth Key, you must configure it as an USB key (but remember, it must be paired first with the device).
Authentication with K33
K44 Registration Process
Once again, it is needed to set up the PIN for the Key, in my case, it has been done with the Ipad, but the registration process, is easy as the video shows:
The sign in process is very similar as we’ve seen before, so I do not want to cover this, but as you can observe, the registration and use of Fido2 Keys is pretty simple.
Inclusion, MFA keys and particularly, Fido2 Keys from Feitian are great!! But now, something that you must consider when implementing Fido2 keys in your environment:
There’s no way to enforce PIN policy in Azure AD: Every user can set up their own PIN to use their key. There is no centralized way to manage PINs, but Windows Hello for Business blocks simple PIN codes by default. The bad news is, if you add the key directly to your Azure AD account, these settings are overridden ☹
Feitian offers multiple options for connecting your key, so you’re sure to find one that works for you. Among the available connections are USB-A, USB-C, NFC, Bluetooth, PIN, biometrics, and more.
Biometrics requires app installation: you need to download the manufacturers’ application that enables fingerprint scanning, which is additional software that you must consider to install
Again, I want to thanks Feitian for providing the security keys to test out the use cases
Have you ever tried to create an AzureAD application to give SSO access to an OnPrem application? I had to do it with an SAP application, the process it is straightforward, but what about giving permission to end users?
You can give nominal permission to each user who needs to access to the app or even group, but you must be aware about group limitations:
My Customer had a complex role based user permission model, so it was impossible for them for using AD/AAD groups. The workaround it is not being granular giving user permissions, it is to grant Everyone access to the app registration. To do this, we must select the “User assignment required” option in the “Properties” blade on the enterprise side of the app registration to no, which allows all logged in users to have access to the service.
Doing this, we rely on the permission given to the app to access
Nobody can doubt that 2021 has been the year to adopt the cloud (due to COVID of course), mostly because most of us needed to work from home. We can say that business has changed and “Probably” will never go back to was it was.
Remote work will continue growing, so in 2022 we will need to protect our assets much better, and for this, here are my predictions/concerns for the next year:
Hacker will continue to try to breach in our systems and try to access by the weak link in supply chains. For this, we need to reduce privileges for internal and external accounts, and not forget about machine identities
Every business needs to reduce his own Attack Surface, to reduce the blast radius of any exposure or incident. To achieve this, tools that provide visibility into identities and activities are essential, we need to be sure of what happened and respond quickly to those incidents
Protect the data is your responsibility, try to plan and build security controls for your cloud migration roadmap
Zero Trust will continue growing, but remember to keep in touch with all the components: network, identity, permissions, configurations… The need of tools that give visibility is essential here.
Currently we put the focus on protecting our user identity with MFA controls, but what about machine identities? These identities and permissions are being exploited in every breach to make lateral attacks, so we will need to be aware of that during the next year.
For now, I think that it’s all, stay tuned to the blog and happy new year!
Probably you’re asking yourself what’s a jump host? So in simple words, is a virtual host which is not the same as you use daily to read e-mail, browse the web, install software, but is used to perform administrative tasks for one or multiple IT infrastructures.
These are some of the recommendations that I follow when I need to deploy a jump host in Azure. The first two, are the most important, you have to be sure of not doing any of these
Do NOT install any productivity tools such as Office, it’s important to keep the VM as clean as possible, it’s only a considered to be a jump Host, not a working device.
Do NOT use this VM for general internet browsing purposes
and other some recommendations…
Isolate the VM with NSG, only is need to access where it is really needed
Install the AntiMalware extension from Azure and configure Windows Defender Settings
If possible, configure JIT on the VM
Onboard the device in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (if Possible)