Conditional access improves Microsoft security

What is conditional access?

Conditional access is a way of controlling which devices are able to access various services and data on your network.  As a definition, it is a set of policies specified by your administrator. As the name suggests, your administrator can define these policies and they only allow access if certain conditions are met.

Conditional access can be used with Office 365 and its apps. Software as a service apps configured within Azure Active Directory can also benefit.

Why should we implement conditional access?

In the traditional business environment IT departments kept their network secure behind the company firewall.  Machines on their network had access, anyone outside the network didn’t.  More and more businesses now work on a cloud-based platform, even more so since Covid 19.  This cloud-based model brings with it the need to adjust how we police network access and security.

How does conditional access work?

When a device tries to access the network, conditional access checks policies defined by your administrator.  First-factor authentication is the first step to gain access, once this has been completed, the pre defined policies come into effect. These policies then either grant or deny access.  Access can be based upon device, user and location, and can utilise Multi-Factor authentication to ensure security.  IP ranges and applications can also be used as factors within different policies can also be defined per application or IP range.

Conditional Accesss
Source – Microsoft

If you and your business use Office 365 and want to improve security, or want to move to Office 365, get in touch. Proxar are proud to be Microsoft Gold Partners and CSPs (Cloud Solution Providers). Our team of engineers have worked towards and achieved multiple Microsoft certifications so that leaves them perfectly place to assist with all Microsoft applications and implement the use of conditional access.