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Securing Authenticated SMTP in Exchange Online

Securing Authenticated SMTP in Exchange Online
Understanding the SMTP Authentication Landscape
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol and its successor, Transport Layer Security (TLS), have become the de-facto standards for secure communication over the Internet. TLS is widely used for securing communication between mail servers over Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). SMTP is the protocol used by mail servers to exchange email messages.

In the world of SMTP, there are two types of authentication that can be used for secure communication between mail servers. The first is Basic Authentication (BASIC), which is a simple authentication protocol that uses a username and password to authenticate the user. The second is Secure Authentication (SASL), which is a more secure authentication protocol that uses encryption.

Exchange Online and SMTP Authentication
Microsoft Exchange Online is a cloud-based email service that is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of products. Exchange Online provides a secure and reliable platform for businesses to send and receive email, and includes features such as data loss prevention (DLP), email encryption, and malware protection.

Exchange Online supports both Basic and SASL authentication for SMTP. By default, Exchange Online requires that clients authenticate with SASL before sending any SMTP messages. This ensures that only authenticated users are able to send emails from Exchange Online.

Configuring Exchange Online for SMTP Authentication
If you are using Exchange Online to send and receive email, you will need to configure your mail server to authenticate with Exchange Online using either BASIC or SASL authentication. To do this, you will need to add a new authentication profile to your mail server.

Adding an Authentication Profile to Exchange Online
To add an authentication profile to Exchange Online, you will need to connect to Exchange Online using the Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlets. Once connected, you can use the New-AuthProfile cmdlet to create a new authentication profile.

The following example shows how to create a new authentication profile that uses BASIC authentication.

New-AuthProfile -Name “BasicAuth” -AuthenticationType Basic -Username myuser@mydomain.com -Password mypassword

Once the authentication profile has been created, you will need to set it as the default authentication profile for your mail server. To do this, use the Set-AuthProfile cmdlet.

Set-AuthProfile -Identity “BasicAuth” -Default $true

Conclusion
SMTP authentication is an important part of securing your Exchange Online environment. By configuring your mail server to authenticate with Exchange Online using either BASIC or SASL authentication, you can ensure that only authenticated users are able to send email from Exchange Online.
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Securing Authenticated SMTP in Exchange Online

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