Many of you know that unfortunately, all it takes is one weak password for a hacker to get access to your corporate resources. Hackers can often guess passwords because regular users are pretty predictable. Regular users create easy to remember passwords, and they reuse the same passwords or closely related ones over and over again. Hackers use brute force techniques like password spray attacks to discover and compromise accounts with common passwords, an attack pattern we told you about back in March .
So today I'm really excited to announce the public preview of Azure AD Password Protection and Smart Lockout. Azure AD Password Protection helps you eliminate easily guessed passwords from your environment, which can dramatically lower the risk of being compromised by a password spray attack. Specifically, these features let you:
Go to Azure AD Active Directory > Security > Authentication Methods.
Download the agents from the download center and use the instructions in the password protection deployment guide . Both the domain controller agent and the proxy agent support silent installation which can be leveraged using various deployment mechanisms like SCCM.That's it! You're now configured to use Azure AD password protection across Azure AD and on-premises. Take a read through our detailed documentation to learn more about this functionality. As always, we're eager to hear from you! Still have more questions for us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or join us at the Ask Me Anything Session for Azure AD password protection. We look forward to hearing your feedback! Best regards, Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons ) Director of Program Management Microsoft Identity Division
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