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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


In this chapter, we learned how identity protocols have evolved to answer the different needs in application development and to secure different systems. First, we covered two very basic elements – authentication and authorization. Then, we covered the different authentication techniques and protocols, such as password-based authentication, claims-based authentication, and more. We finished this chapter by providing a brief introduction to OAuth 2.0. This chapter gave you an overview of how authentication protocols have evolved and specified what the main drivers were, from an application perspective, for helping create the modern authentication protocols that we use nowadays.

In the next chapter, we are going to build on this and cover OAuth 2.0 in depth. We are also going to look at OpenID Connect and MSAL in more detail and learn how these protocols and techniques can help developers build robust and secure applications that can be hosted everywhere.