Azure Multi-Factor Authentification

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication service protects access to your data and applications, and meets the demand of users who want a simple connection process. It provides strong authentication through a range of simple verification options (phone call, SMS or mobile app notification and one-time passwords) to allow users to choose their preferred method. It is suitable for local and cloud environments. It provides increased security when accessing Microsoft Online Services, as well as SaaS applications connected to Azure Active Directory, business and remote access.

How it works

The security of two-step verification is based on its layered approach. Compromising several authentication factors presents a major challenge for attackers. Even if an attacker succeeds in knowing the user’s password, it is useless without having the additional authentication method. The principle operates on the imposition of at least two of the following authentication methods:

Something you know

usually a password

Something specific about you

biometrics

Something that you own

a trusted device that isn’t easily duplicated, like a phone

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) helps secure access to data and applications while maintaining ease of management for users. MFA provides additional security by requiring a second form of authentication, and provides strong authentication through a variety of easy-to-use authentication methods.

Authentication method

The Azure AD self-service password reset and multi-factor authentication features may require additional information, called authentication methods or security information, to verify your identity when you use the associated features.

Administrators can define in the policy the authentication methods available to users with self-service multi-factor authentication and password reset. Some authentication methods may not be available for all features.

Password

Self-service multi-factor authentication and password reset

Security question

Self-service password reset only

Email address


Self-service password reset only

Microsoft Authenticator application

Multi-factor authentication and public preview for self-service password reset

Hardware OATH tokens

Public preview for multi-factor authentication and self-service password reset

SMS

Self-service multi-factor authentication and password reset

Voice call

Self-service multi-factor authentication and password reset

Microsoft billing model

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is available as a standalone service with user and authentication billing options, or bundled with Azure Active Directory Premium, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Enterprise Cloud Suite. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is available through a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, the Open Volume Licensing program, the Cloud and direct solutions  program provider, as an annual user-based model. It is also available with a consumption-based authentication and user model, which is billed monthly on the Azure financial commitment.
 

Per user according to consumption

By authentication according to consumption

Annual model per user

Annual model per user

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