Secure access to Office 365 and Azure services

Azure and Office 365 provide access to and store confidential company information hence secure access to them is critical. The Authlogics solution provides secure authenticated access from inside and outside the network to cater for a multitude of scenarios; e.g. Azure administrator access, Mobile device sync, Outlook client connectivity or simple browser access to OWA or SharePoint.

The Authlogics solution for Azure and Office 365 integrates directly with Microsoft ADFS as this provides the greatest level of control and covers the most use case scenarios for strong authentication. Not only do you reap the benefits of Single Sign-On to Azure, Office 365, and any other Cloud provider which supports SAML 2.0 (which is most of them), you can also decide which applications must use strong authentication and from where.

Since there is an On-Premise Authentication Server working with ADFS, you can also use Authlogics with On-Premise services such as Network Access Control, VPN & Wireless access (RADIUS), Remote Desktop Services or even to secure Windows Desktop logons. For detailed information on the solution download the whitepaper.

When we say Multi-Factor we really mean it

Multiple Factors

Why settle for a single authentication factor when you can have multiple?

Our 1.5 Factor Authentication is a unique (and patented) One Time Code system that does not require a second physical device. When 2 Factor Authentication is a must simply step up to our 100% offline Authlogics Authenticator App, SMS/TEXT or Email token delivery.

Multiple Technologies

One authentication technology just isn’t enough, so we made three.

Authlogics gives you flexibility with PINgrid, PINphrase and PINpass authentication technologies. You can choose which ones to use per user, and change whenever you like.

Multiple Clients

Enabling Multi Factor Authentication with Office 365 works great with a Web Browser, but what about accessing services with an App? Authlogics is fully compatible with OAuth 2.0 based “Modern Authentication” applications such as Microsoft Office, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, ActiveSync and Workplace Join.

Authlogics Integration

The Authlogics solution for Azure and Office 365 integrates directly with Microsoft ADFS as this provides the greatest level of control and covers the most use case scenarios for strong authentication. Not only do you reap the benefits of Single Sign-On to Azure, Office 365, and any other Cloud provider which supports SAML 2.0 (which is most of them), you can also decide which applications must use strong authentication and from where.

ADFS with Office 365

Authlogics ADFS Agent with Office 365 authentication workflow

Office 365 Clients and Apps

The client side of Office 365 is often overlooked but is vitally important. When you enable Multi Factor Authentication with Office 365 (from any vendor), by definition, you make a username and password only combination redundant. As such, any client application that asks for and remembers a password will no longer work. Microsoft has addressed this issue with “Modern Authentication” which is built into all the Office desktop apps (Office 2013 and higher).

When required, the office app, e.g. Outlook, will present a mini web browser view of a logon page allowing for a new logon process which includes Multi Factor Authentication – including Authlogics. From a user’s perspective, it is similar to how a Microsoft Account works with consumer based services.

Modern Authentication is already built into many Microsoft applications including Outlook, Skype for Business, Active Sync and Workplace Join.

Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication

Microsoft’s MFA solution is primarily built around OATH which is a very well known One Time Pin standard used by most vendors (including Authlogics PINpass). It also supports “Push” notifications via a mobile app.

Microsoft includes a limited version of their MFA solution (Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365) with all Office 365 SKUs which covers some basic scenarios. Furthermore, Microsoft offer a more feature complete version of their MFA solution (Azure Multi-Factor Authentication) which is available as part of the more expensive Azure AD Premium and Enterprise Mobility Suite services.

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 is limited to Office 365 applications only and administered via the Office 365 portal, so if you require secure Single Sign-On to other cloud providers or On-Premise applications this is not an option. For those features you will need to upgrade (for a fee) to Azure Multi-Factor Authentication which gives you “One-Time Bypass”, reporting, and allows you to install an On-Premise server (essentially the recently purchased Phone Factor product). The down side to this is that you need to administer the On-Premise and Cloud offerings separately as there is no integration.

Feature \ Solution
Authlogics
Azure MFA
MFA for Office 365
Multiple authentication technologies
YesNoNo
1.5 Factor Authentication option
YesNoNo
Mobile App token
YesYesYes
Real-Time SMS token delivery
YesYesYes
Pre-Send SMS token delivery
YesNoNo
Email token delivery
YesNoNo
3rd Party Cloud support
YesYesNo
On-Premise app support
YesYesNo
Self Service AD password reset
YesYesNo
Emergency Bypass Codes
YesYesNo
Reporting
YesYesNo
2FA PIN option
YesYesNo
Authentication SDK
YesYesNo
Web API (100% automation)
YesNoNo
Uses AD as a database (no syncing)
YesNoNo
Log on to Windows Desktops
YesNoNo
Data compiled based on public information research Feb-Mar 2017. Please report any errors to info@authlogics.com

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