On Thursday, Microsoft enabled two-factor authentication on their Azure platform, giving it more security and for its users. This new form of security is available for most any application that could possibly be used in the cloud and with its infrastructure.
Now, users can sign in with their user names and passwords, and then have the second part of the authentication call their phone or answer via text. The rollout of this set of security features makes Azure an even more secure platform for users to enjoy.
VPN and Azure Virtual Machine Usage
The Windows Azure multi-factor authentication can now be used with VPN and applications that run on existing hardware and on the Azure infrastructure. Users and network administrators can sync up this with Windows Server Active Directory for automation with their users. Other products like Windows Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM can also be secured with this two-factor authentication for relatively low prices, that start at $2 per month or $2 for 10 authentications.
Azure Like AWS and Google
The rollout of two-factor authentication matches up with the other large scale players in the cloud. Others like Amazon Web Services and Google Computer Engine currently use this for their users, and enterprises use this to securely allow users to use their services, and it promotes greater security with the cloud.
Two Factor The Best Kind Of Security
With Microsoft rolling out two-factor authentication on its Azure services, it is telling enterprise customers that it is ready for large scale rollouts, and they want to offer users greater security. With companies demanding greater security for their data and applications, integrating two-factor authentication into the platform gives companies what they need right away.
Microsoft did the right thing to enable two-factor authentication on their services. Other large players are doing it, and Microsoft had to do this to securely allow enterprise customers to connect as needed to their data. It is rollout out starting today, and enterprise customers can sign up for it on their accounts via Azure and other services. This will give customers a genuinely secure way to access their data and their apps in the cloud.