Tuesday, April 16, 2024

​​Microsoft recognized as a Leader in the Forrester Wave™: Workforce Identity Platform, Q1 2024

We’re thrilled to announce that Forrester has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the Forrester Wave™: Workforce Identity Platforms, Q1 2024 report. We’re proud of this recognition, which we believe reflects our commitment to delivering advanced solutions that cater to the evolving needs of our customers in the workforce identity space.

Identity professionals have a tough job. Every day, they deal with a digital landscape that’s always changing and with attacks that are always intensifying. To protect workforce identities and devices, they must secure access to data, applications, and resources across various environments—from any location and on any network. Moreover, they’re under constant pressure to secure not only an increasingly mobile and remote workforce, but also organizational resources that are increasingly distributed across multicloud environments.

We spend a lot of time with our customers to understand and address their challenges, and we’re grateful for their partnership. Their needs inspire the features and capabilities in Microsoft Entra, and we’ll keep collaborating with them to enhance our unified platform by strengthening identity security, improving user experiences, and integrating advanced technologies such as generative AI.

Leading the way in the workforce identity

Forrester Wave™ Workforce Identity Platforms Landscape, Q4 2023 graphic with Microsoft positioned as a Leader.

In their earlier report, The Workforce Identity Platforms Landscape, Q4 2023, Forrester defined a workforce identity platform as a security platform that unifies the governance, administration, and enforcement of identity safeguards across human (employees, contractors, partners) and machine (service accounts, devices, bots, containers) identities to protect access to corporate assets and resources such as networks, business systems, applications, and data.

In The Forrester Wave™ report, Forrester recognized Microsoft Entra for its adaptive policy engine, well-integrated identity lifecycle management, and end-to-end approach to identity threat detection. The report also stated that Microsoft Entra supports a breadth of authentication methods (including passwordless options) for accessing all your apps and resources (cloud-based, legacy, and non-Microsoft). We believe the report demonstrates the value that the Microsoft Entra product portfolio brings to our customers, which we are always striving to improve. 

Looking to the future

It’s clear that—because AI is reshaping modern threats—AI-powered defenses are crucial. An AI-powered workforce identity platform empowers security and IT professionals to collaborate more effectively, gain deeper insights into security threats, and respond faster to emerging challenges.

We were happy to see Forrester cite Microsoft’s superior workforce identity vision that is underscored by its forward-looking innovation strategy in their evaluation. Looking forward, we’ll keep integrating our industry-leading AI capabilities with Microsoft Entra to help our customers future-proof their defenses and stay resilient against evolving cyberthreats in the workforce identity space.

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To learn more about Microsoft Entra solutions, visit our website. Bookmark the Microsoft Entra blog to keep up with our expert coverage on workforce identity matters.

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Forrester Wave™: Workforce Identity Platforms, Q1 2024, Geoff Cairns, Merrit Maxim, Lok Sze Sung, Pater Harrison. March 19, 2023. 

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