CIAM with AWS Cognito

TL;DR You started your cloud journey with AWS and you need to authenticate your first customers, partners. You don’t want to build your own authentication service - you want to use a managed service. AWS Cognito is a great solution for you. It is easy to start with, cheap, and easy to integrate with the frontend and backend. You can start with a sample solution from AWS and workshop....

June 9, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Entra External ID for Customers - Native Authentication part 1

TL;DR With Azure AD B2C we can authenticate users via a browser-based feature - we run the OpenID Connect flow in the browser, authenticate the user via the Authorization Code flow, and get the token. But what if we want to stay with the mobile application? On the Desktop application? With Entra External ID we can use the native authentication flow. PS> Native Authentication is in preview mode - it is not for production use!...

June 2, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Entra External ID for Customers - first impression

Entra External ID for Customers is a new Azure Tenant type that allows you to create digital identities for your customers. Use cases B2B partners. You can create a dedicated customer tenant for your partners and give them access to your applications, manage users and groups in the tenant without partners’ access to your organisation (workforce tenant). Your data is fully secured and isolated. Online services and web shops for your retail....

May 2, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

B2B Identity Federation with Admin API/SDK

B2B scenario Protect your applications and services with identity provider service based on the OpenID Connect with Identity Federations. Your solution is a ‘family’ of services and applications in the B2B model. Your partners have their identity provider—modern services like Entra ID, Octa, Auth0, and AWS Cognito. Use cases There will be no more duplicate accounts. You can use the partner identity to authenticate with our services. The email is a unique identifier, along with the password or another authentication method you provide as a partner....

March 29, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Check Entra Verified ID

Updated: 07-05-2024 Playground Do you want to try it? Use my GitHub repository to set up your credentials. GitHub repository Workshop Big Picture Verifiable Credentials solve problems for identities in the digital world. What does it mean? Please check the story: You own the national ID card. It is in your wallet. To get the document, you must visit the government office, provide information/documents, check your identity with your old ID, passport, or proof of birth, and wait for the document....

March 12, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Play with Authorization

TL;DR Authentication or authorization? What is the term I need to use with my current scope of work? Do I need to authenticate the user or authorize it? Ok! I need to authenticate the user and then authorize (or the opposite). Dictionary: Authentication - is the process of verifying the identity of a user. How can we do it? As a basic scenario, when only one person knows the combination of login and password, we need to check if the combination is correct to authenticate the user....

February 27, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Time for Passwordless

TL;DR Please stop using passwords. My stack is based on Yubikey and 1Password. Can I be a passwordless team member? Check my journey and answer the question. I improved my security with the following steps: Entra ID accounts without password, extended security on GitHub with GPG key, moved the SSH keys to 1Password, started using 1Password CLI to access secrets for ServicePrincipals. Big Picture Yubikey I started my journey with Blue Yubikey....

February 13, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Protect your Azure resources

TL;DR You decided to build a web application in Azure - great! The solution contains App Service, CosmosDB, Blob Storage or other resouces. You started with really simple solution, but as IT Pro you decided to build three environments: Development, Test, and Production. You also decided to use Azure API Management to manage your APIs. You are aware of the security risks and you want to protect your resources. Please fallow my suggestion to use Azure FrontDoor and API Management to protect your resources....

February 6, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Understanding the Differences Between Microsoft Entra ID and Azure AD B2C: How to Select the Right Identity Solution for Your Business

Microsoft Entra ID External Identities vs Azure AD B2C. TL;DR A summary of differences between Entra ID and Azure AD B2C. Entra ID in this article is used to build a product. Differences between Entra ID and Azure AD B2C To share resources from your organization (Entra ID) like PowerBi, OneDrive, and SharePoint - use B2B collaboration. Please remember: in many cases, you must assign the expected licenses - PowerBI*, for example, and you will be able to use PowerBI Portal....

January 23, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza

Design your CIAM Solution with Azure AD B2C

Here are some tips that can help you with user management: Use CIAM User Interface to create a new user: with Azure AD B2C Policy - User Journey, you can create a single point for all applications to create a new user, making the process efficient, streamlined, easy to improve and change. Don’t share personal information with applications: Adopt a zero-trust approach to avoid sharing personal information with applications. Instead, you can use centralised communication with end-users for marketing and other purposes (It is only possible with some business cases)....

January 9, 2024 · Mateusz Jendza