Microsoft on Thursday rolled out the option for customers to enable multi-factor authentication its Windows Azure cloud service.
Designed to bring increased access security and convenience for IT and end users, the new multi-Factor authentication option adds an additional layer of security for users signing in to the cloud service.
With the service enabled, when users sign in to Azure they will need a username and password, along with a second method including the option of: 1) An application on their mobile device. 2) Automated voice call. 3) Text message with a passcode.
Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be configured in minutes for the many applications that require additional security, Microsoft said, including:
• On-Premises VPNs, Web Applications, and More — Run the Multi-Factor Authentication Server on existing hardware or in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine. Synchronize with Windows Server Active Directory for automated user set up.
• Cloud Applications like Windows Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM — Enable Multi-Factor Authentication for Windows Azure AD identities with the flip of a switch, and users will be prompted to set up multi-factor the next time they sign-in.
• Custom Applications — Use our SDK to build Multi-Factor Authentication phone call and text message authentication into your application’s sign-in or transaction processes.
The pricing model for Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is either $2 per user per month or $2 for 10 authentications.