Office Protect Settings - Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Activates multi-factor authentication(MFA). Affected users will be asked to submit a temporary code when logging in, using their phone or an App. Activating MFA protects your accounts from breach by demanding an additional verification when logging in. Although activating it for all users is recommended, it may create disruptions in workflow. Activating it for all Global Admins is seen as a minimum. Guests users are always ignored. *This uses the free MFA provided with M365 (per-user MFA).


You can configure one of the following options when you apply Settings:

  • Remove from all users: We disable per-User MFA for all users in your organization.
  • Enable for all admins: We enable per-user MFA for admins in your organization.
  • Enable for all users: We enable per-user MFA for everyone in your organization (except guests).
  • Do not modify (Ignore): We will not monitor nor attempt to modify user’s MFA status. We recommend using this in cases where you prefer enabling Conditional Access Policies or Security Defaults for your organization.

 

For the first 3 options, Office Protect will monitor the per-user MFA status for all users. If the user’s MFA status is different in Microsoft 365 than what was configured in Office Protect, we will update the user as configured in the application and generate an event.


If you use Security Defaults on your tenant, it will enable Multi-Factor Authentication by default, you can also make more elaborated Multi-Factor authentication policies through Conditional Access Policies (requires Azure AD Premium P1 license).


You can find the per-User MFA section in the Azure AD Center, in the Users/per-User MFA section.


Operation to look for in the Unified Audit Logs: Enable Strong Authentication


Per-User MFA: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/howto-mfa-userstates


Security Defaults: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/concept-fundamentals-security-defaults


Conditional Access: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/conditional-access/howto-conditional-access-policy-all-users-mfa