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Azure Active Directory for Secure Application Development

By : Sjoukje Zaal
Book Image

Azure Active Directory for Secure Application Development

By: Sjoukje Zaal

Overview of this book

Azure Active Directory for Secure Application Development is your one-stop shop for learning how to develop secure applications using modern authentication techniques with Microsoft Azure AD. Whether you’re working with single-tenant, multi-tenant, or line-of-business applications, this book contains everything you need to secure them. The book wastes no time in diving into the practicalities of Azure AD. Right from the start, you’ll be setting up tenants, adding users, and registering your first application in Azure AD. The balance between grasping and applying theory is maintained as you move from the intermediate to the advanced: from the basics of OAuth to getting your hands dirty with building applications and registering them in Azure AD. Want to pin down the Microsoft Graph, Azure AD B2C, or authentication protocol best practices? We’ve got you covered. The full range of Azure AD functionality from a developer perspective is here for you to explore with confidence. By the end of this secure app development book, you’ll have developed the skill set that so many organizations are clamoring for. Security is mission-critical, and after reading this book, you will be too.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Started with the Microsoft Identity Platform
Part 2: Authentication and Protocols
Part 3: Azure AD B2C

Understanding custom policies

Custom policies in Azure AD B2C are basically configuration files that can be created to define the Azure AD tenant user experience. In the previous chapter, we covered user flows in Azure AD B2C. They are predefined and are offered as templates that you can configure to cover the most common identity scenarios. However, in some cases, these user flows are not sufficient, and you need to create your own user experiences. In these cases, you can build custom policies. These policies can be configured by developers and then uploaded to the Azure AD B2C tenant. Scenarios in which you need to create custom policies can be when you need to collect user input and store it in a separate database, such as a CRM system, or a custom profile database. Or, in cases when you need to use a custom multi-factor authentication (MFA) product, you can also integrate this into a custom policy.

Custom policies are defined by creating a set of XML configuration files that...