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Decision Point for Selecting a Multifactor Authentication Solution for Azure AD and Office 365

Published: 26 February 2016

ID: G00296918

Analyst(s): Mark Diodati


Many organizations with resources protected by Azure AD wish to implement MFA for enhanced security. Azure AD provides SSO to thousands of SaaS applications as well as offers identity and access management functionality for Office 365 services.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

Decision Tool

  • Strategic MFA Deployed?
  • Additional Form Factors Required?
  • MFA for On-Premises Apps?
  • Basic Self-Service and Management Needs?


  • Azure MFA
    • Conditional Access
  • Azure MFA Server
    • Authentication Process
  • Third-Party MFA Solution

Requirements and Constraints

  • Office Applications
    • Office 365 With Azure MFA
    • Office 365 With Azure MFA Server or Third-Party MFA Solution
    • Office 2013 (and Earlier)

Future Developments

  • Adaptive Authentication
  • Continuous Authentication
  • Local Biometrics

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