Recommend an identity store for security


Azure Active Directory is Microsoft's cloud-based identity and access management service. It provides single sign-on authentication, conditional access, password-less and multifactor authentication, automated user provisioning, and many more features that enable enterprises to protect and automate identity processes at scale.

Azure Active Directory

There are many ways to integrate your solution with Azure Active Directory. Foundational integrations are about protecting your customers using Azure Active Directory's built-in security capabilities. Advanced integrations will take your solution one step further with enhanced security capabilities.

Diagram showing components of a zero trust integration: single sign-on and publisher verification and conditional access.

Foundational integrations

Foundational integrations protect your customers with Azure Active Directory's built-in security capabilities.

Enable single sign-on and publisher verification

To enable single sign-on, we recommend publishing your app in the app gallery. This will increase customer trust because they know that your application has been validated as compatible with Azure Active Directory, and you can become a verified publisher so that customers are certain you're the publisher of the app they're adding to their tenant.

Publishing the app gallery will make it easy for IT admins to integrate the solution into their tenant with automated app registration. Manual registrations are a common cause of support issues with applications. Adding your app to the gallery will avoid these issues with your app.

Integrate user provisioning

Managing identities and access for organizations with thousands of users are challenging. If large organizations use your solution, consider synchronizing information about users and access between your application and Azure Active Directory. This helps keep user access consistent when changes occur.

SCIM (System for Cross-Domain Identity Management) is an open standard for exchanging user identity information. Use the SCIM user management API to automatically provision users and groups between your application and Azure Active Directory.

Azure Active Directory B2C

Azure Active Directory B2C is a customer identity and access management (CIAM) solution capable of supporting millions of users and billions of authentications per day. It is a white-label authentication solution that enables user experiences that blend with branded web and mobile applications.

As with Azure Active Directory, partners can integrate with Azure Active Directory B2C by using Microsoft Graph and key security APIs such as Conditional Access, confirm compromise, and risky user APIs. Read more about those integrations in the Azure AD section above.

Integrate with RESTful endpoints

Independent software vendors can integrate their solutions via RESTful endpoints to enable multifactor authentication (MFA) and role-based access control (RBAC), enable identity verification and proofing, improve security with bot detection and fraud protection, and meet Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) Secure Customer Authentication (SCA) requirements.

We have guidance on how to use our RESTful endpoints as well as detailed sample walk-throughs of partners who have integrated using the RESTful APIs: