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Conditional Access in Azure Active Directory

Conditional Access is the tool used by Azure Active Directory to bring signals together, to make decisions, and enforce organizational policies. Conditional Access enables organizations to configure and fine-tune access policies with contextual factors such as user, device, location, and real-time risk information to control what a specific user can access and how and when they have access. To simplify, Conditional Access makes sure that only secure devices have access to your applications. Which, given remote work and BYOD are on the rise, the timing of this security feature is on-point.

Conditional Access policies at their simplest are if-then statements, if a user wants to access a resource, then they must complete an action.

Administrators are faced with two primary goals:

  • Empower users to be productive wherever, whenever
  • Protect the organization’s assets

By using Conditional Access policies, you can apply the right access controls when needed to keep your organization secure and stay out of your user’s way when not needed. The function of Conditional Access is basic; when a threat is seen on a device, access to sensitive content is blocked until the threat is remediated. When the risk is removed either through manual or automated remediation, the device returns to a compliant state and access to applications is granted. Simple.

In the Microsoft environment, conditional access works with the Microsoft 365 suite of products, as well as within Azure Active Directory and the SaaS applications configured in it.

Need help with setting up conditional access in your organization? Our IT consultants are experts in security solutions, so call us today to find out how we can help. 2W Tech is a technology service provider and Microsoft Gold Partner.

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