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YubiKeys for Entra ID – How to Go Passwordless Using Microsoft’s Newly Rebranded Platform

How to go passwordless using Microsoft Entra ID and YubiKeys
12 Jul 2023

Microsoft Azure AD is now Microsoft Entra ID - What Does It Mean?

As you’re most likely aware, Microsoft made the BOLD decision to change the name of Azure AD to Entra ID. Cutting edge. Brave. Wise. Just a few of the words we’ve used the describe the monumental move to revolutionize the identity industry… by changing the name.

Security professionals across the globe are left to wonder, “Alright, so what ACTUAL impact does this have on me and my organization’s security moving forward?” The short answer is, not much, really.

Because this “update” was simply a re-brand of Azure, there’s not much that needs to be done from a development perspective to continue to ensure that your data remains safe. That said, it’s never bad time to review and optimize your organization’s posture on security and move towards zero trust solutions like passwordless security keys such as YubiKeys from our partners at Yubico!

With employees busier than ever, 9 out of 10 cybersecurity breaches are caused by their mistakes and, what’s more, over 54% of employees are not required to go through cybersecurity training on a frequent basis.

The YubiKey protects from human error by eliminating “MFA fatigue”. Remove the guesswork and ensure your employees, and only your employees, are the ones getting in.

Why Use Hardware Keys?

  1. - Simple to use — just touch the YubiKey to verify and you’re in. Provide modern, phishing-resistant MFA.

  2. - Hardware keys are incredibly reliable.

  3. - Eliminate the need to reach for your phone to open an app, or memorizing and typing in a code.

  4. - Trusted — You don’t need to use the YubiKey every time you log in. Once an app or service is verified, it can stay verified. It’s that easy.

  5. - Use NFC for mobile authentication.

  6. - Option to leave plugged into your laptop or USB hub.

  7. - Durable - even survives the washing machine!

  8. - Don’t require batteries, WiFi, or network connection to work

If you’re looking to make the jump towards YubiKeys as you continue exploring security options for Entra, we do hope you’ll consider our passwordless onboarding solution designed specifically for EntraID, EZCMS! …actually we designed it when it was still Azure, but you get the idea, right?

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