Office 365 and Multi-factor Authentication

Office 365 and Multi-factor Authentication

When it comes to protecting your accounts, multi-factor authentication (or two-step verification) should be standard across your organization. Multi-factor authentication is an easy-to-use, scalable, and reliable solution that provides a second method of authentication to protect your employees. Microsoft’s Azure Multi-Factor Authentication gives you peace of mind when it comes to securing employees tablets, laptops, PC’s, and smart phones when they are on-the-go, working remotely, or collaborating in the office.

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication benefits:

  • Easy to Use - Azure Multi-Factor Authentication is simple to set up and use. The extra protection that comes with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication allows users to manage their own devices. Best of all, in many instances it can be set up with just a few simple clicks.
  • Scalable - Azure Multi-Factor Authentication uses the power of the cloud and integrates with your on-premises AD and custom apps. This protection is even extended to your high-volume, mission-critical scenarios.
  • Always Protected - Azure Multi-Factor Authentication provides strong authentication using the highest industry standards.
  • Reliable - Microsoft guarantees 99.9% availability of Azure Multi-Factor Authentication. The service is considered unavailable when it is unable to receive or process verification requests for the two-step verification.
  • How Does Multi-Factor Authentication work?

    Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a method of authentication that requires the use of more than one verification method and adds a second layer of security to user sign-ins and transactions. It works by requiring any two or more of the following verification methods:

  • Something you know (typically a password)
  • Something you have (a trusted device that is not easily duplicated, like a phone)
  • Something you are (biometrics)
  • Multi-factor authentication in Office 365

    Office 365 uses multi-factor authentication to help provide the extra security and is managed from the Office 365 admin center. Office 365 offers the following subset of Azure multi-factor authentication capabilities as a part of the subscription:

  • The ability to enable and enforce multi-factor authentication for end users
  • The use of a mobile app (online and one-time password [OTP]) as a second authentication factor
  • The use of a phone call as a second authentication factor
  • The use of a Short Message Service (SMS) message as a second authentication factor
  • Application passwords for non-browser clients (for example, Microsoft Skype for Business)
  • How can you start using MFA?

    MFA is already included in most Office365 licenses. OnPar can easily activate this service per your request. We have simple how-to instructions for your end users that make implementation easy and painless. For more information, please email us at or if you are not a current customer, please reach out to us at

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