VIP (Validation ID Protection)

Extending the Security of Office 365: User Authentication 

06-02-2016 04:30 PM

While your organization uses Office 365 for more productivity with the cloud, are you sure the right people—and only the right people—have access to Office 365? Furthermore, though Office 365 authentication is a good foundation, it’s also very basic. For customers who see authentication and access controls as part of their strategic security policy instead of specific to individual applications, Office 365 authentication may not be enough.

In previous posts of this series, we examined how Symantec Office 365 Protection helps fill in the security gaps that Office 365 misses―email, advanced threat protection, and data loss prevention. In this final instalment, we’ll examine how Office 365 deployment with Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP) can provide an extra layer of security with user authentication.

Office 365 Authentication Limitations

Think of identity protection as the lock on the cloud’s front door. Identity protection keeps attackers out and ensures that legitimate users have access to cloud apps. Done properly, identity protection also improves the user experience by enabling a transparent login process.

But is everyone accessing your sensitive information really who they appear to be?

Office 365 authentication is limited to options such as out-of-band (text and voice) and mobile notifications. This means safer or more convenient options, such as biometrics, risk-based, and hardware credentials, are not available. Furthermore, Office 365 provides Single Sign-On and authentication only for Office 365 applications, and supports only Active Directory (AD) and Microsoft Identities.

How Symantec Validation and ID Protection Extends Office 365 protection

Increase your security without reducing user convenience.
Symantec Validation and ID Protection is a cloud-based service that offers robust multi-factor authentication. It meets diverse needs and supports hardware tokens, one-time password, mobile Push, Apple Watch Push, password-less fingerprint authentication, and more.

Furthermore, Symantec for Office 365 offers robust, risk-based authentication that is not limited to just geo-location. It also leverages data from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network and uses a purpose-built login anomaly engine to more accurately detect suspicious behavior.

Obtain streamlined audit & access control for Office 365 and other cloud services.

Symantec VIP Access Manager offers single sign-on and user management capabilities for Office 365 and other cloud applications. This improves control, convenience, and compliance for end users and administrators. It comes configured with the most common enterprise applications including Office 365 and supports a variety of identity services including Microsoft Active Directory, LDAP, Oracle, and more.

Tap into the power of mobile.

Symantec Validation and ID Protection is easily accessed by a diverse array of mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. This feature gives users secure access to applications they need to be productive anywhere, anytime, with any device.

Symantec Helps You Transition to the Cloud with Confidence

Microsoft Office 365 is an excellent platform to enhance productivity, and while it does include some basic security measures, you should enhance and extend security measures with Symantec.

Looking for more insights? Be sure to read all the posts in our Extending the Security of Office 365 blog series:

Extending the Security of Office 365 Overview post

Extending the Security of Office 365: Email

Extending the Security of Office 365: Advanced Threat Protection

Extending the Security of Office 365: Data Loss Prevention


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