Top 9 Microsoft Azure Active Directory Alternatives

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) is a good identity and access management (IAM) solution used by many organizations to ensure security and hassle-free access management. 

IT admins use Azure AD to control which users can use which applications and resources and what permissions each role has.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory (also known as Azure AD) enables users to access internal resources, such as apps on your corporate intranet network and any cloud apps designed specifically for your organization. 

In addition, it allows them to access external resources such as Microsoft 365, the Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS apps. Finally, it can aid with single sign-on (SSO), eliminating the need for end-users to input passwords multiple times to access cloud apps.

With Azure AD and SSO, users can access SaaS apps with ease. With this setup, each user may access all the apps to which they have access without having to log in again and again. The tokens are generated by Azure AD and kept locally on the employees' devices. Further, it may implement multi-factor authentication for critical company resources (MFA).

Features

  • Secure conditional access with multiple authentication factors and policy access.

  • Single sign-on, password-free access, and a dedicated user portal contribute to a smooth user experience.

  • All internal or external users can be linked to any service or device via a centralized identity management system.

Drawbacks

  • Too much management and not enough automation make the extra things that need to be done tedious.

  • Not very cost-efficient compared to many other solutions. 

We have compiled a list of the best alternatives to the Microsft Azure Active Directory that you can consider for your organization's identity and access management.

9 Microsoft Azure Active Directory Alternatives

1. Zluri

Zluri is a SaaS management platform that helps IT teams discover, manage, optimize, and secure SaaS in an organization. In addition, it helps to streamline the overall process of provisioning and de-provisioning of SaaS apps throughout the organization.

Onboarding & Offboarding 

Zluri's robust automation engine enables businesses to quickly and easily manage user permissions, including granting and revoking access. In addition, its contextual recommendation system tells you which apps a new employee needs to use based on their position and level of seniority in the organization. 

The recommendations provided here are not restricted to only apps; they also include in-app suggestions, such as what projects, channels, and groups users should add. For instant, it suggests which Slack channels an employee should be added to.

In addition, you can create workflows for employees' onboarding as well as offboarding. 

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You have the option of saving these workflows as playbooks. You may follow the playbook the next time an employee is hired for the same role as an existing one. This playbook may be utilized for onboarding several new users. Playbooks can also be edited and updated if any adjustments are made.

It allows businesses to precisely regulate who has access to various resources, including employees and third-party workers and vendors, to avoid any unauthorized access.

Self Serve Model 

The Employee App Store (EAS) is a self-service approach that was developed to automate the entire process of managing access to SaaS applications. Zluri's EAS makes it possible to automate the SaaS approval process, allocate apps and licenses in a streamlined manner, and save employees' waiting time for their requests.

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You can let employees choose the apps they need from an employee app store that has been approved by IT admins. You can also keep a list of the apps used by the group and let new people choose from that.

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The app store can assist you with SaaS approvals and the distribution of licenses to your team members. Thus, the onboarding procedure is decentralized, SaaS is kept updated, and it saves a lot of time on daily repetitive tasks.

Here you can learn more about the employee app store that Zluri offers.

2. Okta

Okta is an IAM software that allows deep integration with more than 100 applications that can be accessed using multiple devices with maximum security.

Okta helps in IT transformation by speeding up their movement with automation and removes friction by creating a great customer experience with customized secure applications. It also prevents data breaches by establishing people as new security borders. It does so by setting a standard for identity that is neutral and independent. 

It allows immediate access to all the applications with the SSO (single sign-on) feature and also provides double authentication that prevents attacks on identity. Furthermore, this type of authentication enables lifecycle management, firmly controls API access, and manages the directory centrally. 

Okta enables the connection of all your applications in days rather than months with prompt access to 1000s of pre-built integrations. Furthermore, it allows manually adding apps to the network, easy integration and set up and they are cautiously repaired, constantly monitored, and their authentication and provisioning are taken care of. 

3. Avatier Identity Anywhere

Avatier Identity Anywhere is an enterprise identity management software that enables them to reduce and eliminate dual administration. It has a rollback feature that helps users go back to the older versions of individual documents per business requirements. 

Avatier ensures security by keeping business-relevant data in a code configuration without blending it with other data. In addition, its authorized system administration allows admins to monitor access rights that are related to making changes regarding user identity mapping files. 

This tool also sends real-time notifications when an unauthorized individual creates changes in the database of the company. In addition, the meddling detection feature provides accurate data storage and administration. 

The authorized person can also control significant actions related to admission and password rests, deny access, exclude accounts as desired, and suppress email-based confirmation. 

Avatier's self-service password management provides the workforce with a seamless ability for securely authenticating with several authentification MFA varieties. In addition, the staff requires a self-serve password reset and synchronization without making an expensive and time-consuming call to support. Thus, this feature is reliable and efficient. 

This tool's password policy manager ensures that it meets all the company's policies, thus, helping to maintain strong security across the entire organization's systems. 

SSO(single sign-on) is another feature that helps the staff gain secure access to the organization's cloud applications. Avatier's SSO allows access to the workforce in crucial times with JIT (Just in time) application user that helps in provisioning and deprovisioning.

4. JumpCloud

JumpCloud is a complete directory platform for companies, and it allows the administrators to control IT domains in the cloud, remote, on-prem, etc. Using this tool, the admins can wield a simple web interface for provisioning, granting access, and managing resourcess that the employees require for daily usage. 

It simplifies importing users from existing platforms and creating new users within JumpCloud, permitting access to the systems, networks, tools, and other resources. 

The application identity management feature of JumpCloud helps businesses allow employees to make their own choices about getting collaboration tools to help them complete their tasks. This application basically serves as an authoritative directory for individual enterprises. 

It is one of the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) applications that can securely connect staff identities, apps, networks, and devices. JumpCloud uses a common directory in the cloud instead of using legacy and on-site IT systems. 

5. AWS IAM

AWS IAM is a smart, intuitive IAM solution that allows companies to control access to AWS(Amazon Web Services) based resources and APIs with firm security. The organizations can administer the users and user groups or schedule particular access rights to several AWS resources with the help of this IAM module within. 

The organizations can then determine specific terms and conditions, like the exact time of the day, and control the staff's access factors. The access factors include their original IP address to see if they have active authentication with any MFA device and if they use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). 

Organizations can use this platform to identify and improve their policies and adjust controlled access to constantly changing services. In addition, it helps companies multiply user credential requirements for protecting AWS environments depending on the AWS MFA security feature within the software. This feature urges the workforce to showcase the possession of a solid MFA token hardwire or provide a passcode through a mobile device that supports MFA. 

It is compatible with SAML 2.0 apart from the original association samples offered by AWS Console SSO.

The application is available in the AWS user account with no extra charges, and the user pays only for using other services offered by AWS. There are also no additional charges for the AWS MFA security feature that augments the password, username, and other credentials. 

6. Keycloak

Keycloak is an open-source IAM tool. It adds authentication to applications and secures the services with no hassle. This platform lets the user skip storing users and authenticating accessors and is available out of the box. The interesting part is even if Keycloak is open-source and is built with a simple design, it comes with advanced features like social login, Identity brokering, and user federation. 

The users can authenticate through Keycloak without using individual tools, which means that the other existing applications do not have to deal with any login forms and authenticate users or store them. Using this platform, the employees are not required to log in repeatedly to access other applications once logged into Keycloak from pre-existing apps. 

It has a single sign-out feature that helps log out of all the applications at once through Keycloak, and the organizations can instantly enable login with social networks with the admin's console. The only thing that is required is selecting your choice of social network with no application change or code. The admins can centrally manage all features of this application, like disabling specific aspects and enabling using the admin console. It also allows the administration to build user federation and Identity brokering. 

7. Oracle Identity Management

Oracle Identity Management helps to manage user identity across the organization. This platform is scalable for directory services, access control, and identity governance. It helps build stronger security, capture business prospects, and simplify compliance through multiple access that includes social and mobile. Oracle's identity cloud service is completely integrated and uses a multi-tenant cloud platform to deliver access management and key identity features. 

This platform is a solution for authorization and authentication purposes for the operating system, database usage, and tools in large enterprises. Using Oracle, the user can administer, manage passwords, provision, and knit an extensive workflow mechanism. It also supports attestation, meaning the users can allow access rights to other individuals from time to time.  

It delivers a risk-aware end-to-end MFA and SSO that integrates systems across the cloud on-site and identities smoothly. This platform can deploy images in its cloud infrastructure or in the on-site data centers; it can also help organizations gain flexible access control for the existing tools and helps them migrate easily to the cloud. 

The companies that use Oracle can ensure that their policies follow the user in any location and device for secure access of data remotely at any time from any mobile device. It delivers seamless access control throughout the business house and the cloud regardless of the device. The SSO feature helps easy access and lessens the user's authentication layers while keeping the firm security intact. 

8. OneLogin

OneLogin is an easy-to-use software for managing identities and access. Users can rely on the particular to provide services like resource optimization, top-notch operational efficiency, feature-rich product functionality, and value-leading identity. In addition, it has features like single sign-on (SS), a unified directory, user provisioning, adaptive authentication, mobile identity, compliance reporting, and more.

Also, admins can use the software to protect their company by centralizing and securing all devices, applications, and end users through a single portal. 

OneLogin helps protect important company information and allows employees to access all apps with a single set of credentials. OneLogin also helps to enforce security policies across the organization. 

9. Ping Identity

Ping Identity builds identity security for the global enterprise with an intelligent identity platform that has many features, such as single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), directory, and more. 

With cloud deployment options like identity-as-a-service (IDaaS), containerized software, and more, Ping helps businesses find the right balance between security and user experience for their employees, customers, and partners. Ping has solutions for both IT teams and teams of developers. 

Ping Intelligent Identity is an all-in-one system that can be used with any supported identity provider to manage identities and trigger automated processes. In addition, businesses can use the cloud platform's solutions set to determine and settle on the best combination of requirements and use cases. 

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