Microsoft Announces Two-Factor Authentication For Windows Azure

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Azure multi-factor authentication for IT pros and users. The new security capability is available for most any application used on the cloud infrastructure.

The security means that a person signs in with their usual user name and password but then authenticates either through an application on their mobile device, an automated voice call or text message with a passcode.

Windows Azure multi-factor authentication is available with on-premise virtual private networks and web applications for running on a company’s existing hardware or in a Windows Azure virtual machine. It can be synchronized with Windows Server Active Directory for automated user set up. Cloud applications like Windows Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM can also be secured by two-factor authentication as can custom applications. It is available in two pricing options: $2 per user per month or $2 for 10 authentications.

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