With technology advancing at an unprecedented pace today, it has become essential for corporations to ensure optimal security when it comes to sharing confidential corporate reports and other such information. Microsoft, being the global leader in software development, offers the Power BI platform for the perfect solution to your business data analysis and sharing needs.
What is MS Power BI?
Simply speaking, the Microsoft Power BI platform allows you to share, provide access and secure reports and dashboards created by you, with other authorized users only. This is the efficient way today of providing limited/complete, access to users, depending on the level of their role.
The Microsoft Power BI security system is the perfect tool to improve your business performance. It allows you to create analytics, and get deeper insight into your market, to make smart, profitable business decisions. With the Power BI platform now you can achieve the optimal level of data security in sharing sensitive corporate dashboards and reports, like never before.
The Security in Power BI Structure
Each Power BI system consists of two clusters:
- Web Front End (WFE) – This cluster is responsible for managing the initial connection and authentication procedure for the Power BI Suite. It uses AAD authentication process for clients, and provides tokens to help connect directly with the Power BI service. The ATM (Azure Traffic Manager) is then used to direct user traffic to the nearest datacenter efficiently, using the DNS record of the clients. The Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network) is used to share the necessary non-dynamic content and files with the client/users, according to their specific geographical location.
- Back End (BE) – This cluster helps clients with authentication to successfully interact with the various Power BI services. It helps to manage user dashboards, visualizations, reports, data connection, data sets, data storage and other interactive aspects of the Power BI Suite. The user requests for access to any content or file is handles with the Gateway Role, which is the sole role that the user will interact directly with while using the Power BI service. The Gateway Role, in turn, is operated by the Azure API Management tool.
Salient Benefits of using Power BI Security
These are top three benefits that are seen when you employ MS Power BI as your partner for corporate data storage, access and security purposes:
Secure Data Storage
The restricted direct user-access through Power BI is probably the best security feature in this service suite. The Power BI security procedure allows users to interact directly only with the Gateway Role and Azure API Management, while the rest of the aspects of Power BI, such as Presentation Role, Data Role, Background Job Processing Role and Data Movement Role are out of the user’s reach.
Any form of data sent to the Power BI storage, is stored and managed using two different components:
- Azure BLOB – This stores all data uploaded by the users.
- Azure SQL Database – This stores and manages artifacts of the system and all metadata files.
This clear demarcation for user-accessibility to the different components of the Power BI allows it to effectively keep all user data and corporate information stored in MS Azure safe and completely secure.
Excellent User Authentication
The AAD (Azure Active Directory) is used by the Power BI for authenticating users, as soon as they login, as well as when requesting access to any data or content in the storage. A simple email address is needed to login to the Power BI services, as this inherently becomes your Username on the system too.
Apart from this excellent authentication procedure, the Power BI security platform also allows adding customized AAD-based security protocols, enhancing multi-tenant system security and improving your network security effectively.
Successful Service Security
Normally, users are responsible for sharing data. In case a user logs-in with their effective Username, and share any content (dataset, dashboard, etc) they are connected to within the specific data source, the shared data is not restricted by conventional restriction measures.
Only connections with SQL Server Analysis Services, through On-Premises Data Gateway, are able to cache dashboards in Power BI. If the user wishes to allow access to other users to the underlying data, then such an authentication can also be granted.
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