How to Use Custom Security Attributes in Azure AD?

Businesses are facing various difficulties with their on-premises servers due to the rise in cyberattacks. Among others, these include hiring security specialists, buying and deploying security products, and expanding their capacity while also responding to more complicated threats. Custom security attributes in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) are business-specific attributes (key-value pairs) that you can define and assign to Azure AD objects. These attributes can be applied to store information, categorize objects, manage roles, or implement fine-grained access control over Azure services. In this article, we will explain how to use Custom Security Attributes in Azure AD.

What Are the Advantages of Using Custom Security Attributes in Azure AD?

Here are the advantages of using Custom Security Attributes in Azure AD:

  • Define business-specific information (attributes) for your tenant.
  • A set of unique security traits can be added to users, applications, Azure AD resources, or Azure resources.
  • Enhance user profiles by adding information like the date each employee was hired and their hourly wage.
  • Create a filterable inventory for audits by quickly classifying hundreds or thousands of applications.
  • Provide attribute governance so attributes determine who can get access.
  • Use queries and filters to manage Azure AD objects with custom security attributes.

How to Use Custom Security Attributes in Azure AD?

  • Sign in to the Azure portal or Azure AD admin center.
  • Check permissions

    Verify that the Attribute Definition Administrator or Attribute Assignment Administrator roles are allocated to you. If not, contact your administrator to make sure you have been assigned the correct role at the tenant- or attribute set level. By default, the Global Administrator role and other administrator roles do not have access to read, define, or assign custom security attributes. A Global Administrator can assign these positions to themselves if necessary.

  • Add attribute sets

    Add attribute sets to organize and manage related custom security attributes.

    • Click Azure Active Directory > Custom security attributes.
    • Click Add attribute set to add a new attribute set.
    • Enter a name, description, and maximum number of attributes.
  • Manage attribute sets

    Choose the individuals who have access to read, create, or assign custom security attributes in an attribute set.

  • Define attributes

    Add your custom security attributes to your directory. You can select whether values are predefined, free-form, single, or numerous as well as the date type (Boolean, integer, or text).

  • Assign attributes

    Assign custom security attributes to Azure AD objects for your business scenarios.

    • Select Azure Active Directory > Users.
    • Find and select the user to whom you want to assign specific security attributes.
    • In the Manage section, select Custom security attributes (preview).
    • Select Add assignment.
    • In the Attribute set, select an attribute set from the list.
    • In the Attribute name, select a custom security attribute from the list.

Apps4Rent Can Help to Use Custom Security Attributes in Azure AD

Custom Security Attributes help organizations manage every position by assigning them certain security attributes. But, to use this feature in Azure AD, organizations are required to have Azure AD Premium P1 or P2 licenses. As a Microsoft Solutions Partner, Apps4Rent can help you use Custom Security Attributes with Azure AD. Our professionals have all the skills and experience that are required for the entire process. You can contact our experts 24/7 via chat, email, or phone for managed Azure services.

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