Microsoft Entra: Simplifying Secure Access Experiences with Rebranded Azure Active Directory and New Offerings

Jiadong Chen
2 min readJul 12
source: Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that it is rebranding Azure Active Directory to Microsoft Entra ID, as part of its commitment to simplify secure access experiences. This change is aimed at making it easier for users to navigate the unified and expanded Microsoft Entra portfolio.
Additionally, Microsoft also announced two new products: Microsoft Entra Internet Access and Microsoft Entra Private Access!

👉 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐨𝐟𝐭 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐭 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬
Microsoft Entra Internet Access is an identity-centric Secure Web Gateway (SWG) for SaaS apps and internet traffic protection
✅Unify network access controls with Conditional Access
✅Protect against data exfiltration
✅Restrict end-user access to unsafe and noncompliant content
✅Enrich real-time visibility for security events
✅Restrict outgoing and incoming traffic

👉 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐨𝐟𝐭 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬
Microsoft Entra Private Access is an identity-centric Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution for secure access to private resources
✅Minimize the risk of implicit trust and lateral movement by replacing legacy VPNs with identity-centric ZTNA
✅Simplify app segmentation with granular app segments creation options
✅Enforce Conditional Access controls to prevent breaches

Both Microsoft Entra Internet Access and Microsoft Entra Private Access, along with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, form Microsoft’s Security Service Edge (SSE) solution.
👉 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐨𝐟𝐭’𝐬 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐄𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
✅Comprehensive Zero Trust security across all apps and resources
✅Adaptive access and robust data exfiltration controls
✅Secure and optimized connectivity

🔷 Microsoft Entra Expands into Security Service Edge with Two New Offerings
🔷 Microsoft Entra expands into Security Service Edge and Azure AD becomes Microsoft Entra ID
🔷 Azure AD is Becoming Microsoft Entra ID
🔷 Explore New Product Announcements for Microsoft Entra

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