Ensure that 'Multi-Factor Auth Status' is 'Enabled' for all Privileged Users

Multi-factor authentication requires an individual to present a minimum of two separate forms of authentication before access is granted. Multi-factor authentication provides additional assurance that the individual attempting to gain access is who they claim to be. With multi-factor authentication, an attacker would need to compromise at least two different authentication mechanisms, increasing the difficulty of compromise and thus reducing the risk.

Risk Level: High
Cloud Entity: Azure Active Directory
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.AZU.IAM.46
Covered by Spectral: No
Category: Security, Identity, & Compliance


User where assignedRoles contain [displayName regexMatch /.*Administrator|Creator|Global.*/] should have userCredentialRegistrationDetails.isRegisterWithMfa=true


From Portal

  1. From Azure Home, select the Portal Menu.
  2. Select the Azure Active Directory blade.
  3. Select 'Users'.
  4. Take note of all users with the role Service Co-Administrators, Owners or Contributors.
  5. Click on the Per-User MFA button in the top row menu.
  6. Ensure that 'MULTI-FACTOR AUTH STATUS' is Enabled for all noted users.

Note: Please note that at the time of writing, there is no API, Azure CLI or Powershell mechanism available to programmatically conduct security assessment or remediation for this recommendation.By default, multi-factor authentication is disabled for all users.


  1. https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/authentication/concept-mfa-howitworks
  2. https://workbench.cisecurity.org/sections/1460902/recommendations/2349012

Azure Active Directory

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Compliance Frameworks

  • AZU PCI-DSS 4.0
  • Azure CIS Foundations v. 1.5.0
  • Azure CIS Foundations v.2.0
  • Azure CloudGuard Best Practices
  • Azure Dashboard System Ruleset
  • Azure NIST 800-53 Rev 5
  • CloudGuard Azure All Rules Ruleset