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Top 10 Pitfalls and Remedies for Deploying Identity and Access Management for Office 365

Published: 03 June 2015

ID: G00272987

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy

Summary

Adoption of Microsoft Office 365 can create IAM challenges. Many organizations consider using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to obtain single sign-on access (SSO) to Azure Active Directory (AD), Office 365 or other cloud applications. This note recommends best practices.

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Synopsis

Analysis

  • Pitfall: Thinking That You Don't Need a Federated SSO Tool
  • Pitfall: Failing to Align the Schedule for Moving to Office 365 With the IAM Preparations
  • Pitfall: Misjudging Your Organization's Appetite for Operating ADFS
  • Pitfall: Assuming That If You Need SSO, ADFS Is Always the Right Product to Use
  • Pitfall: Thinking That All AD Environments Can Now Synchronize Directly With Azure AD
  • Pitfall: Forgetting That Azure AD Sync Only Works With AD
  • Pitfall: Wanting to Collaborate Between Azure AD Tenants
  • Pitfall: Considering Security as an Afterthought
  • Pitfall: Assuming All Security Features You Need Are Currently Available for Office 365
  • Pitfall: Failing to Exploit Microsoft's New Rhythm for Improving Azure AD

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