Microsoft Entra – The NEW Central platform for digital identity and access management

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Microsoft has recently rebranded several products. In April, for example, all data governance and compliance solutions were moved to Microsoft Purview. Just before that there was already a change with Microsoft Priva. The latest addition is Microsoft Entra, which is a collection of different solutions in the field of identity and access management.

Microsoft Entra
Microsoft Entra is much more than a new label. It includes Azure Active Directory, CloudKnox Permissions Management, and Verifiable Credentials. From now on, this product will be offered on this new central platform.

Azure-AD includes all the essentials for login environments. Systems can be protected with passwords, usernames, and MFA. CloudKnow Permissions Management is like Active Directory, but much more effective for Multicloud environments. Microsoft Entra works with most cloud providers like Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud. The product group is known as Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM). Microsoft acquired this CIEM part last year through the acquisition of CloudKnow Security. Finally, Verifiable Credentials makes it possible to securely use data on physical documents for authentication.

The three solutions are now available on a central platform. Prices will not change, at least not for now. For Azure-AD and Verifiable Credentials you pay per user per month. For CloudKnox Permissions Management this is different. You pay per cloud resource per month.

If you only work with Azure Directory, you can ignore the rest of the offer. If you are interested in the rest later, you can get started right away. That is the big reason for this change. No organization knows in the beginning what their identity and access management environment will look like in a few years. While almost every organization starts with Azure Active Directory, the demand for CIEM can develop over time. It is of course much more efficient to arrange everything from scratch but created automatically and configurations can be mirrored. Microsoft Entra is available immediately.

Microsoft Entra embodies the vision of Microsoft for what modern secure access should be. Identity should be an entryway into a world of new possibilities, not a blockade restricting access, creating friction, and holding back innovation. The platform will be expanded in the long term with new (paid) products.

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