Determining legacy authentication usage

I’ve spoken previously about the need to eliminate basic authentication from your environment:

Disable basic auth to improve Office 365 security

The unfortunate reality is that some legacy applications could be using and can ONLY use legacy auth! So, you don’t want to necessarily disable it across your tenant without first understand who or what maybe using legacy auth.


One way you can see this is by navigating to your Azure Active Directory in the Azure portal for your tenant. You then need to select the Sign-ins options on the left under the Monitoring heading towards the bottom as shown above. You should then see a list of events display on the right. At the top of this pane select the Columns menu item.


From the pane that appears from the right ensure you have the option Client app selected, as shown above.


Next, select the Add filters button at the top of the list of events as shown above. From the list that appears select Client app and then the Apply button at the bottom.


A Client app option should now appear at the top of the list as shown. It will typically show None Selected.


Select the new Client app button and a list of items will be displayed as shown above. From this list, select all the items under the Legacy Authentication Clients heading.


When you now click away, the list of events should be filtered to only those events that match the use of Legacy Authentication. You can select any of these to get more information about the event including who or what generated this.

Armed with this knowledge you can now start working whether upgrades or additional configuration is required in your environment to minimise the attack surface area of Legacy Authentication in your environment.

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