Have you ever deployed a Conditional Access policy, only to later discover that users had found a way to circumvent it? It is surprising to discover that someone found a way around your carefully designed and tested policy.
Setting up Conditional Access policies can get confusing. If you don’t plan your policies carefully, you may end up with holes that you didn’t expect. Most of us start by thinking about the scenarios we want to allow. The problem with this approach is that if you only think about what you want to allow you may forget to block scenarios you don’t approve. Without a policy in place to block unapproved scenarios, a malicious actor can exploit those scenarios by simply providing a user’s compromised credentials.
For example, consider this scenario: You are asked to create a policy that will allow a user to access their email on an iPhone. You will allow a user to use the native mail application with ActiveSync or Outlook if the application is protected by a Mobile Application Management policy. The policy you create is applied to the user, targeted to Exchange Online, and applies to ActiveSync and Modern Authentication clients. Controls are set to grant access if the device is compliant or if a MAM policy is applied.
When you test the policy and the device is not registered you are blocked from accessing the application in the ActiveSync client. The Outlook application prompts you to install the Azure Authenticator to access the application. Once the Authenticator app is installed or it is enrolled the user can access their mail in the targeted applications. This policy works as designed; users must meet one of the controls in the policy to use their email as intended. You may consider the policy successful and move it into production. However, there’s just one problem…
My name is Sean Bulger. I am an IT Pro that has worked in the Modern Endpoint Management work space since 2015. I have worked in various environment, ranging from mature enterprise all the way down to a fledgling IT organization looking to find their way in a cloud first world. Before rejoining the technology field in 2014 I had a wide range of careers - from plumber to paramedic - that have helped to shape my perspective on the world.