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WatchGuard Cloud Directory for Users and Groups is available

WatchGuard Directory is available. It enables customers to manage their users and groups not part of an external directory, such as Entra ID (formerly Azure AD), Active Directory, or LDAP sources.

While we recommend that organizations use a cloud directory like Entra ID (Azure AD), we recognize there are cases where these are not applicable or desirable, for example:

  • Very small organizations (fewer than 25 users) and relatively simple access control needs, creating, and managing a cloud domain could be simpler and more cost-effective than implementing a full-fledged directory system.
  • Any sized organization that wants to manage contractors and vendors (third-party access) separately from their employees, managing these users separately from their domain.

With the WatchGuard Cloud Directory, it is possible to:

  1. Check users’ password against breaches at the moment of the password creation by the user. This prevents known compromised passwords from being created in the first place.
  2. Users and groups are visible throughout the WatchGuard portfolio, important for integrations and upcoming products and services.
  3. Single factor (password) authentication service for new products and services of the WatchGuard portfolio.

As the WatchGuard Cloud Directory evolves in the future, enhancements include:

  1. Enable CSV bulk import for users and groups.
  2. Configurable password requirements and complexity policy.
  3. Device management (in addition to users, groups, resources).
  4. Identity threats visibility, risk scoring (e.g., Password-only without MFA).

Is there any impact in my AuthPoint configuration?

Current and new AuthPoint Multi-factor and AuthPoint Total Identity Security users and groups that are not leveraging Entra ID (formerly AAD), AD or LDAP directory synchronization now are created, edited, and deleted through the WatchGuard Cloud Domain.