A leading NYC area Microsoft Partner and cybersecurity expert discusses the coming Microsoft 365 modern authentication standard in a new article on the eMazzanti Technologies website. The informative article first explains that Microsoft is soon removing support for basic authentication (i.e., username and password).
After contrasting basic authentication with modern authentication, the author explains the pending end of support for basic authentication in Microsoft 365. After discussing implications for older software versions, she asserts that continued use of basic authentication presents a significant data security risk.
“While Microsoft has granted customers additional time to implement modern authentication, organizations need to prepare now,” stated Jennifer Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti Technologies.
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Below are a few excerpts from the article, “Modern Authentication in Microsoft 365 Key to Improved Security.”
End of Support for Basic Authentication
“Since August 2017, Microsoft has supported both modern authentication and basic authentication. However, in 2019, the company announced that it planned to discontinue support for basic authentication in autumn 2020. With the onset of the pandemic, that date has shifted to the latter half of 2021.”
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“Basic authentication presents a significant data security risk. In fact, stolen credentials account for 61 percent of security breaches. Thus, any device or service in the organization that still uses basic authentication represents a backdoor for hackers.”
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