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Howdy folks,

 

More and more organizations are using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to protect their access and self-service password reset (SSPR) to reduce support costs and empower their users to manage their credential recovery. Our internal studies show that customers can cut their risk of account compromise by 99% by enabling MFA, so we’re REALLY happy to see this growing trend.

 

With this increasing usage, we also heard loud and clear that you want to control the conditions in which security sensitive MFA or SSPR information can be registered. This helps ensure it’s the right user—not an attacker—registering this security sensitive info.

 

Some common restrictions you requested include ensuring that:

  • Users are on a trusted network.
  • Only users with a low sign-in risk can register security information.
  • Users can only register on a managed device.
  • Users should agree to a terms of use during registration.


We heard you loud and clear!

 

Today, I am excited to announce the public preview of Azure AD conditional access for our combined registration experience for MFA and SSPR. Many of our largest customers have already been using this while it was in private preview to simplify rolling out MFA and SSPR and we’re looking forward to making it more broadly available as part of Azure AD Premium P1 subscription.

 

Here are some instructions to try this out!

 

Getting started

First, create a policy to block registration for users that are not on the corporate network, but are still allowed to manage credentials from anywhere, as long as they can use MFA.

 

Next, make sure that all users you want to apply this policy to are part of the MFA and SSPR preview. This is required because users not on the preview will use the older security information page and the policy will not be enforced.

 

Steps for setting up policy

 

  1. Include the users the policy will apply to using the Users and groups.
  2. Apply policy to the Register security information action, which is now included in the Cloud apps or actions.

    Conditional Access for the Azure AD 1.png

  3. Set the Locations. Include Any location; exclude all trusted networks.

  4. Set the access grant control to require multi-factor authentication.
  5. Enable policy and Save.


Now, if a user is outside of a trusted network and attempts to register MFA for the first time, they’re blocked and shown the following message:

 

Conditional Access for the Azure AD 2.png

 

As soon as they register MFA, they’ll be able to manage MFA and SSPR registration details from anywhere.

 

Go ahead and give it try today!

 

See our Azure AD conditional access documentation for additional information. We’d also love to hear your feedback. If you have a couple minutes please consider filling out our survey. You know we’re listening!

 

Best regards,

 

Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)
Vice President of Program Management
Microsoft Identity Division

17 Comments
Regular Visitor

In your example Alex, why are trusted locations being excluded? It feels like this is the wrong way round if you only want to allow MFA registration from a trusted location?

Microsoft

Quick comment: The link under " I am excited to announce the public preview of Azure AD conditional access"  is pointing to another very exciting but different Azure AD feature.

The correct link to the conditional access for the combined MFA/SSPR registration is: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-registration-mfa-sspr-c... 

@Phil Cook because the policy blocks access to the registration page. The rules of the policy is block access unless on a trusted network.

 

You cannot do an allow if on trusted network policy because a user not on the trusted network would not be subject to the policy and therefore would get access to the registration page. See https://c7solutions.com/2019/05/register-for-azure-ad-mfa-from-on-premises-or-known-networks-only which I wrote up last week on how to set this up. 

Frequent Visitor

This sounds promising! Since you mentioned a few examples I guess you have it on the roadmap. Can you share any more information on when it will be possible to require users to accept terms of use, and to require managed devices?

Senior Member

Is it possible to do the same, but when the user is already registered?

Meaning, if I want to force all of my users to use Authenticator App instead of sms or calls.. ?

Regular Visitor

Nice! We are already using the new portal and to be able to lock down MFA enrollment is perfect. 

Access is blocked as expected from an untrusted device but from this device we are still able to enroll for MFA when using Word. If you add an account in Word from an untrusted device with a new user account (our CA policy needs MFA or hybrid joined deviced or compliant device) it tells the user to enroll for MFA and this works from word but not from the browser. 

Any idea how to fix this?

Visitor

@mattiasnyholm, these examples are possible today using the preview. Instead of requiring MFA as the required access control just pick a terms of use page or require a compliant device.

 

Visitor

@andrii_ua, that's outside of this feature, but on the roadmap.

Visitor

 

@Rolf Troendle, I just tried to reproduce this using Office ProPlus and wasn't able to. Let me know if you are still seeing this and we can take a look.
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@caleb_b  Thank you for your reply. I have just tried it again and I was blocked by CA - so everything is fine

New Contributor

Is it possible to use CA to only allow password resets from a trusted network? I can't seem to find this anywhere. The above allows registration from a trusted network only, we'd love to go one step further and only allow the use of SSPR from the trusted network as well.

Anyone seen or done anything like this before?

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Its possible to bypass the MFA setup block with the new "Baseline policy: End user protection" policy. If you click "Skip for now (14 days until this is required)" box it will successfully log you into the Office 365 portal without requiring MFA setup, or blocking access.

 

 

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Hi, i've created a policy just to test this and I can't get it to work on my own account.

Does this only apply the very first time a user enrolls their MFA? As in, i've destroyed my app's token for this tenant and attempted to re-register my MFA details through the normal process from different un-trusted networks and it does not prevent me re-registering my MFA.

 

I've set up the policy exactly as described above but when I audit the sign-in, the conditional access policy is not triggered at all no matter which network i attempt to re-register from. Appreciate any ideas you may have?

Cheers

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Beautiful, thanks @Brian Reid. Working nicely after I enabled the access panel preview features.

Yes - MFA registration blocks only work against the latest registration page

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Hello, I followed your instruction to enforce MFA registration with a trusted network only. It is working well, user is well blocked when accessing https://aka.ms/mfasetup from an untrusted network. However a user, without MFA registered, can still enroll a new device in Intune (MFA is required) on an untrusted network and it will ask him to set up his account for additional security verification. Then he is able to setup the MFA on this untrusted network. Thanks for your feedback on this Guillaume