Cloudflare and Microsoft are expanding their existing partnership to help customers deploy, automate and enhance their organization’s Zero Trust security with new integrations between Cloudflare One and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
The companies hope to help organizations embrace hybrid work by helping them deploy Zero Trust security tools seamlessly via a new set of integrations. The integrations are designed to enable customers to seamlessly deploy Zero Trust security tools in minutes, with no complex code changes. In addition, the companies are introducing what they call an industry first: Cloudflare’s Remote Browser Isolation technology.
According to the companies, joint customers of Cloudflare and Microsoft Azure AD can now deploy Zero Trust security tools without changing code. Organizations can choose to define specific rules in either Azure AD or Cloudflare Access and create rules around which users can access specific applications based on various factors.
In addition, joint customers can isolate high-risk users automatically with browser isolation technology thanks for an integration with Cloudflare’s Remote Browser Isolation and Azure AD.
The companies also bill the integrations as a time saver for IT teams, as Cloudflare Access will use the System for Cross-Domain Identity Management to directly integrate with Azure AD. Groups are automatically synced across Cloudflare and Azure AD platforms and groups.
The new offerings will also help keep sensitive government data off of the public internet thanks to a connection from Azure Government Cloud to Cloudflare’s global network via the Secure Hybrid Access program. Government customers can also use the joint solution to enforce granular rules and define who can access what.
Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder at Cloudflare, says CIOs often cite security and hybrid work as their top two concerns.
“We want to make it easier than ever for IT leaders to deploy Zero Trust security across the enterprise and keep users safe wherever they are working from,” Prince says. “I’m thrilled that we are deepening our integration with Microsoft so we can help our joint customers easily deploy Zero Trust security across some of the most used applications in the workplace.”
As organizations continue to adopt a cloud-first strategy, a cloud-native Zero Trust security model is now a necessity, says Joy Chik, president of identity and network access at Microsoft.
“Cloudflare has developed robust product integrations with Microsoft to help security and IT leaders prevent attacks proactively, dynamically control policy and risk, and increase automation in alignment with Zero Trust best practices,” Chik says.
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