In our previous post, we provided an overview of each of the 12 Foundational Security Controls that should be implemented for every Office 365 environment to deter business email compromise (BEC), account takeover (ATO) attacks, and unauthorized data access.Read More
As many organizations continue to adjust to an extended and potentially permanent remote workforce, dependency on cloud services has increased rapidly – as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in a recent earnings release – “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” The following post is intended to help organizations that may have recently begun using or have increased their usage of Office 365.
Please note Microsoft continues to evolve their platform and these recommendations are current as of this posting.Read More
Who knew that way back in 1964 Bob Dylan would predict the challenges we’re facing with the cloud in 2020. Times they are a-changin’. We’re in the midst of an evolution in IT, led by the rapid adoption of cloud computing, which promises to produce better business outcomes. While most of us have our security posture top-of-mind in the face of these changes, it’s easy to become complacent, think that we have it covered and rely a little too heavily on the out-of-the-box security offered by our cloud providers. In Dylan’s prophetic words, “It’s time to start swimming or sink like a stone.”Read More
I am pleased to have participated in and been named a co-editor of the most recent release (version 1.1) of the Center for Internet Security Microsoft 365 Foundations Benchmark. Sharing SecureSky’s extensive O365 incident response experience and security controls recommendations to give back to the O365 security community was a great opportunity.Read More
Cloud Computing Adoption Will Accelerate
We’re not going out on a limb in predicting cloud services will continue to grow. The information technology world is experiencing a tectonic shift, led by the rapid adoption of cloud computing. *Gartner predicts that the market size of the cloud services industry will grow three times faster than overall IT services growth, reaching $331.2 billion by 2022, with SaaS applications accounting for $143.7 billion, or 43% of this market.Read More
In Part 1 of this blog series, we introduced Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) attacks, and discussed why BEC attacks are increasing. In Part 2, we used recent BEC investigations to discuss how BEC attacks work against O365 environments. In Part 3, we discussed key Office 365 (O365) configuration settings that organizations can implement to protect against BEC attacks. Here in Part 4, we will discuss the logging and auditing capabilities in O365 that can help organizations detect BEC attacks against their environment.Read More
In Part 1 of this blog series, we introduced Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) attacks, and discussed why BEC attacks are increasing. In Part 2, we used recent BEC investigations to discuss how BEC attacks work against O365 environments. In this third entry, we will discuss a number of key Office 365 configuration settings that organizations can implement to protect against BEC attacks.Read More
The Unassuming Threat: Business E-Mail Compromise & Office 365 Vulnerabilities
Business e-mail compromise (BEC) is a class of cyber-crime that is growing rapidly. Over the past five years, BEC attacks have resulted in billions of dollars in losses from companies of all sizes across numerous industries.
This post is Part 2 of SecureSky’s multi-part blog series about BEC. In Part 1, we provided an introduction to BEC and discussed why this cyber security threat is increasing. In this post, we’ll take you through a recent SecureSky BEC investigation and explore an example of how BEC is executed against O365 environments.Read More
Across the globe, companies and organizations of all sizes have faced an increasing onslaught of the cyber-crime known as business e-mail compromise (BEC). Perpetrated by organized crime groups, BEC attacks have resulted in losses of billions of dollars over the last decade. So how do you prepare and protect your organization from BEC?Read More