Microsoft Office 365 is a popular choice when looking to outsource the management and infrastructure costs of running commodity applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, Lync and other productivity tools. Microsoft Office 365 enables the use of a federated identity model, giving you full control of a user’s identity, including their password hashes.
Deploying BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) enables you to provide secure, federated identity management from your existing Active Directory to your Office 365 applications, eliminating the complexity of additional layers of Active Directory Federations Services (ADFS) servers and proxy servers. Further BIG-IP APM security features available include multi-factor authentication (MFA) and geo-location based control to further protect access to your office 365 applications.
Clients can also be pre-authenticated using a variety of advanced checks including two-factor authentication and client certificates. You can also employ client endpoint checks which could be based on characteristics such as location or reputation.