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By | 26/10/2022

As soon equally defenders started implementing multifactor authentication, attackers tried to become around information technology. One of the nearly common methods attackers are currently using is Push or Call Annoyance. Attackers try multiple times to authenticate and annoy the user until they have the request. Several options address this attack method. This article shows how to use more advanced MFA options on a strategically risky subset of users without a massive rollout to your unabridged organization. This will permit for more agile adjustments and lower helpdesk calls.

With Part 365 and Microsoft Authenticator, their integration and authentication methods based on gamble are nice. If yous are using Duo with O365, it’s more than challenging, but nosotros will be upping our game to increase the difficulty for the attackers. Depending on your Duo license, they have additional options for protection on their backend,  just this works for all Duo license levels.

Prevent Annoyance Assail

  • Simply allow code authentication or hardware tokens(No push or call)

  • Utilize Verified Duo Push button, MS Authenticator with Number matching (users can not just accept the request)

App Code but authentication is where the only method allowed for multifactor is a passcode from the Mobile App or Hardware Tokens to keep attackers from prompting users. The biggest issue with this is user education and convenience.

The 2nd way, and the way we are going to embrace in item, is the new Verified Duo push method(one). The user will verify their identity by entering a code into the app. The lawmaking is displayed on the device you lot are using to log in.   Microsoft version of this tech is called MS Authenticator number matching (2).

While this does continue to prompt the user for authentication by the attackers, without the code, they can not approve access. It would take additional social technology to get past this procedure. I believe this is a more convenient feel than simply using the code in the app.

What if yous don’t want to apply this to All logins?

With our initial deployment, nosotros didn’t desire every 365 users to exercise a Verified button every login. As previously stated, MS and DUO exercise not have the tightest integrations, and so to do this hazard-based takes some boosted setup. Nosotros created 2 Duo integrations, ane for “Normal Auth” and one for “Secure Auth.”   The “Secure Auth” had separate Duo and conditional admission policies to meet the new requirements.

Supersize Setup

1. New Duo 365 Application

You demand to create a new Duo application. It will require you lot to use your 365 global admin account during that procedure. Name the new application integration something like 365 Secure.

2. Setup a new policy for the Duo 365 Secure App

The policy should look like the below picture show equally you lot want this to exist very restricted for risky authentications. In this case, it has Verified Duo Push equally the only method for authentication. Instead of using the verified push here, y’all could also use the Mobile code but and hardware token option. Just don’t allow SMS, phone, or standard push button.

3. Create a new Custom control in MS 365 Provisional Access.

(Following Duo Instructions as needed). But before importing, y’all demand to change the Name and ID similar below so yous can have two instances of DUO with dissimilar names. By default, it wants to utilize the same name and will mistake on the import.

4. New 365 Conditional Access Policy

Hither is where yous should determine what settings you want for the new protections. At a minimum, I think High Sign-in risk. If you do non have many users from outside the US, add together location-based too. If you lot manage and articulate risky users, too add that every bit an option. Past tuning the Conditional Access policy right, you volition get a few legitimate users that become the policy reducing helpdesk calls while adding much-needed protections.

To go a good idea of what’s currently going on with your sign-ins, go to, search for “security” and select Risky Users, Risky Signs and others on the bottom left.

5. Stop Evil

Below is what would have been a typical badgerer assault that would have been successful without the additional controls in place.

Are you using some sweet 365 settings or a neat fashion of using Multifactor? Leave u.s. a comment.


(2) present-available/ba-p/2464386