Microsoft is rolling out a new multi-stage review capability for cloud customers. Available in public preview for Azure AD Access Reviews, the feature allows users to create multi-stage reviews that work in sequence, each with its individual reviewers and configurations.
According to Microsoft, the new capability can also give organizations tools to enable complex workflows to meet auditing and certification requirements. Tools include the ability to call reviewers to assess workflows in order or to create clearer review settings.
With multi-stage review tools in Azure AD Access Reviews, auditors and resource managers will be able to work more efficiently without being accountable for all decisions. In a blog post announcing the feature, Microsoft states the following:
“Previously, you could artificially create multiple, disjointed reviews to accomplish the same goal, but now, with multi-stage reviews, it all happens within the context of a single review.”
Multi-stage reviews can help Azure AD customers achieve important certification in several ways, including
- “Achieving consensus among multiple groups of reviewers: Require independent reviewers at every stage before access is recertified.
- Assign alternate reviewers to influence unreviewed decisions: Ensure that accounts left unreviewed by reviewers who are unresponsive or out of the office are sent to the next appropriate reviewer, such as the user’s manager or resource owner.
- Reduce reviewer load at a later stage: Filter the number of decisions for your subsequent reviewers by excluding accounts denied in previous steps. For example, ask users to attest their own access needs before asking resource owners to attest.
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