Microsoft has added a two-factor authentication system to Windows Azure cloudy identity and access management tool.
The new feature dubbed as Active Authentication will assist enterprises in securing employee, partner, and customer access to cloud applications with multi-factor authentication.
The new service allows organisations to enhance security for Windows Azure Active Directory identities for access to Windows Azure, Intune, Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online and several other apps incorporated with Windows Azure AD.
Microsoft’s new feature will allow admins also add the security feature to third-party cloud apps that incorporated with Azure.
Active Authentication works by adding an extra step to the sign in process by mandating users to confirm with the Active Authentication app on their mobile device or through an automated phone call or text message.
Windows Azure director Sarah Fender said: "This helps prevent unauthorised access to data and applications in the cloud – reducing the risk of a breach and enabling regulatory compliance."
The technology would let admins automate enrolment of Active Directory users into the two-factor authentication plan and costs $1 per user per month or $1 per every 10 authentications.