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Microsoft 365 password policy enforcement

Microsoft 365 password policy enforcement

Microsoft 365 account logins are a gateway to multiple Microsoft enterprise services. That’s why it’s important that admins secure this authentication with strong passwords and additional security methods. Below are some of the guidelines Microsoft recommends to enforce password complexity for Microsoft 365.

What are Microsoft's guidelines for Microsoft 365 password complexity?

  • Avoid the most used passwords as well as repeated use of the same passwords.
  • Ensure the password is at least eight characters long.
  • Don’t force users to change their passwords too frequently.
  • Don’t make special characters mandatory.
  • Encourage users to have different passwords for their private account and enterprise account.
  • Configure multi-factor authentication wherever possible.

Enforce strong password policies in Microsoft 365 with ADSelfService Plus.

ADSelfService Plus is an integrated Active Directory self-service password management and single sign-on solution. With ADSelfService Plus, you can enable password policies that are more advanced and robust than the native options in Microsoft 365. Let's see how ADSelfService Plus can help you fulfill Microsoft 365 password requirements more efficiently.

Apply granular password policies

If you have Active Directory, you can enforce policies based on organizational units and groups and sync them across both Active Directory and Microsoft 365.

Enforce robust password policy rules

You can enforce restrictions on using patterns, palindromes, and repetition.

Ban breached and common passwords

While Microsoft has Azure AD Password Protection to prevent the use of passwords that were previously leaked in data breaches, the global list of banned passwords it maintains is limited to Microsoft products. This service can also be a strain on your wallet, as it comes only with the Azure AD Premium licenses that start at $6 per user, per month. To overcome this limitation, you can easily prevent the use of breached passwords in Microsoft 365 with the integration between ADSelfService Plus and Have I Been Pwned. The implementation is simple and costs only a fraction of the Azure AD Premium licenses.

Pick from a wide pool of MFA authenticators

Even if you have strong password policies in place, you still need to secure your accounts with additional authentication layers to tackle sophisticated intrusion methods. While Microsoft 365 supports only five additional methods for implementing multi-factor authentication, ADSelfService Plus supports 17 advanced authentication methods to configure MFA for Microsoft 365 logins.

While Microsoft 365 takes the first step towards password management, ADSelfService Plus makes it easy, flexible, and economical.

Other features of ADSelfService Plus

  • 1. Self-service password management

    Enable users to reset forgotten passwords and unlock their accounts without involving the help desk—anytime, anywhere. Learn more

  • 2. Single sign-on

    Implement single sign-on for hundreds of major enterprise applications and custom applications from a single portal. Learn more

  • 3. Multi-factor authentication

    Secure Microsoft 365 logins with over 15 different authentication methods, including biometrics and YubiKey. Learn more

  • 4. Password expiration notification

    Alert users about passwords that are about to expire using emails, push notifications, and SMS messages. Learn more

  • 5. Password Synchronizer

    Sync the Windows Active Directory user password across various platforms automatically to eliminate password fatigue. Learn more

  • 6. Directory self-update

    Allow users to update personal information in Active Directory, freeing the help desk from this daunting, repetitive task. Learn more

Protect your Microsoft 365 environment with ADSelfService Plus.

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Password self-service

Free Active Directory users from attending lengthy help desk calls by allowing them to self-service their password resets/ account unlock tasks. Hassle-free password change for Active Directory users with ADSelfService Plus ‘Change Password’ console. 

One identity with Single sign-on

Get seamless one-click access to 100+ cloud applications. With enterprise single sign-on, users can access all their cloud applications with their Active Directory credentials. Thanks to ADSelfService Plus! 

Password/Account Expiry Notification

Intimate Active Directory users of their impending password/account expiry by mailing them these password/account expiry notifications.

Password Synchronizer

Synchronize Windows Active Directory user password/account changes across multiple systems, automatically, including Office 365, G Suite, IBM iSeries and more. 

Password Policy Enforcer

Ensure strong user passwords that resist various hacking threats with ADSelfService Plus by enforcing Active Directory users to adhere to compliant passwords via displaying password complexity requirements.

Directory Self-UpdateCorporate Search

Portal that lets Active Directory users update their latest information and a quick search facility to scout for information about peers by using search keys, like contact number, of the personality being searched.

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