Ensure That 'Number of methods required to reset' is set to '2'

Ensures that two alternate forms of identification are provided before allowing a password reset.

Risk Level: Low
Cloud Entity: Azure Active Directory
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.AZU.IAM.45
Covered by Spectral: No
Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance


User should have userCredentialRegistrationDetails.selfServicePasswordResetAuthMethods.length() >1


From Portal:

  1. Go to Azure Active Directory.
  2. Go to Users.
  3. Select Password reset.
  4. Then Authentication methods.
  5. Set the Number of methods required to reset to '2'.

Note: By default, the Number of methods required to reset is set to 2. Please note that at this point of time, there is no Azure CLI or other API commands available to programmatically conduct security configuration for this recommendation.


  1. https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/tutorial-enable-sspr
  2. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/security/benchmark/azure/security-controls-v3-identity-management#im-4-use-strong-authentication-controls-for-all-azure-active-directory-based-access
  3. https://workbench.cisecurity.org/sections/1460901/recommendations/2349024

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