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Azure Active Directory and Azure Services Essentials | ninth

In recent years, the security of local installations of Microsoft’s Active Directory Service (AD) has been debated by a growing IT audience. In comparison, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD or AAD), the central identity and access management service from Microsoft’s Azure cloud solution, still gets little attention.

Some security managers and IT staff may not know how important AAD is in the Microsoft cloud: even if you don’t use Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services like virtual machines or Platform as a Service (PaaS) like storage accounts for your own organization via Azure Active Directory If you are using a software as a service (SaaS) product from a Microsoft 365 suite such as Teams or Exchange Online, or another Microsoft offering such as Dynamics 365 [1, 2].