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Should You Use Azure or a Third-party Option for MFA?

At this point, every company knows it should be using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) as a low security bar. With MFA, users need to pass two or more verification checkpoints to gain access to a system or software.  

Microsoft now provides built-in MFA through Azure AD. It uses security defaults or conditional access policies to require MFA for users. There are also third-party endpoint security software providers, such as Duo, that also provide MFA. 

Some businesses choose to use MS Azure; others opt for the third-party option. Still other businesses require a hybrid approach. 

Which one should you choose? 

Put simply, it depends on your infrastructure and budget. Business Network Consulting (BNC) engineers state that both Azure and Duo (and other third-party endpoint security software providers) have the capabilities to do the job well. BNC provides IT consulting and services in Austin, Dallas, and Denver to handle these kinds of issues.  

If your company already leverages (or wants to use) the more advanced features of 365, such as CAP or MDM, then you will likely already be on track for the minimum spend to access Azure Premium. The Premium version of Azure offers many of the same capabilities as Duo. But, if your business needs VPN access on a Firewall or similar device that can’t do SAML authentication, it would make more sense to leverage Duo, according to BNC experts.  

If that sounds like a bunch of gibberish to you, you’re not alone. While it’s important to understand the basics of your technology infrastructure, this kind of technical detail can bog you down. Fortunately, you don’t have to dig in at that level. That’s where the experts come in. 

BNC consultants leverage their deep understanding of clients’ business models and technology to guide them through the process of selecting the appropriate software, so they make decisions that support company goals. 

As one BNC consultant says, “It really pays to understand where your client is going. Azure has its place, but it’s not the end-all, be-all. Duo serves clients well, too, depending on their need.” And, if your business is still figuring out its technological infrastructure, BNC experts are ready to help by examining possible scenarios and identifying pain points. Planning how to handle MFA could lead you to a better understanding of where your technological roadmap should lead. 

Optimal MFA Experience

MFA is becoming increasingly important as hacking becomes more common. Diminish the possibility that your company will be an easy target for cybercriminals by constructing effective blockades, such as MFA. 

Selecting the appropriate software to create a convenient and successful MFA experience for users and customers is important. A well-designed MFA can reduce frustration even as it increases security. The experts at BNC can help you to make choices for an optimal MFA experience—no matter whether it’s by using Microsoft Azure, Duo, or some other third-party software. 

Get in touch with BNC today in Dallas, Denver, or Austin to get IT consulting support from our engineer team. Fill out a contact form or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you! 



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