Microsoft introduces Microsoft Entra

Microsoft Entra is part of Microsoft’s expanded vision for identity and access.

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Microsoft recently announced Microsoft Entra, a new product family of Microsoft’s identity and access capabilities. It includes Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) as well as two new product categories: a Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) solution, Microsoft Entra Permissions Management; and a decentralised identity product, Microsoft Entra Verified ID.

Microsoft Entra will verify all types of identities and secure, manage, and govern their access to any resource, by:

  • Protecting access to any app or resource for any user.
  • Securing and verifying every identity across hybrid and multi cloud environments.
  • Discovering and governing permissions in multi cloud environments.
  • Simplifying the user experience with real-time intelligent access decisions.

CIEM

Following the acquisition of CloudKnox Security last year, Microsoft is now the first major cloud provider to offer a CIEM solution—Microsoft Entra Permissions Management

It will be a standalone offering generally available worldwide in July 2022 and will be integrated within the Defender for Cloud dashboard, extending Microsoft Defender for Cloud’s protection into CIEM.

Verified ID

Microsoft Entra Verified ID allows individuals and organisations to decide what information they share, when they share it, with whom they share it, and—when necessary—take it back.

Microsoft Entra Verified ID will be generally available in early August 2022.

Azure AD

Using Identity Governance in Azure AD, Microsoft’s existing cloud‑based identity and access management service, businesses can address challenges with identity lifecycle management.

Lifecycle workflows automate assigning and managing access rights, and monitoring and tracking access, as user attributes change.

Lifecycle workflows in Identity Governance will enter public preview in July 2022.

Visit the Microsoft Entra website to learn more about Azure AD, Microsoft Entra Permissions Management, and Microsoft Entra Verified ID.

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