Microsoft Security Defaults – A Step in the Right Direction, but Customers Should Do More

Posted by Brian Greidanus on Apr 21, 2020

We understand that managing security for Office 365 can be difficult and complex. As we continue to see common identity-related attacks against authentication like password spray, replay, phishing and malware-based increasing into today’s uncertain world it's imperative that we understand Microsoft’s “Security Defaults”.   

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SecureSky Cyber Threat Center Sees Greater Than 6 Times Increase In Attacks

Posted by Mike Hrabik, SecureSky CEO on Apr 2, 2020

But There’s Still a Lot of Good Things Happening In These Trying Times! One of the most staggering statistics reported recently from the SecureSky Cyber Threat Center is seeing a 6x-7x increase in fraudulent scams and BEC cases in the last 30 days, with COVID-19 themes – phishing, fake investment, charities, prevention or treatment offers and testing scams. We have seen similar trending of overall phishing volumes from multiple clients and email gateway providers, which correlates to the sharp uptick in case volume, as well as click rates.

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Top 10 Ways To Reduce WFH Bandwidth Consumption

Posted by Corey Meyer on Mar 31, 2020

In the new work-from-home (and school-from-home) era, between adding your family “full-time” to your home wifi and the cloud providers and ISPs scrambling to increase capacity, many of you have probably already experienced some network slow down or lag. Here are SecureSky’s “Top 10” ways to decrease load and, hopefully, increase your speed:

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Will Coronavirus Affect Security Operations?

Posted by Corey Meyer on Mar 5, 2020

You cannot open a news site or turn on the television today without rightfully hearing about the coronavirus. While governments and medical systems scramble to respond and contain the virus, it is not clear if the virus will reach epidemic or pandemic levels, how quickly treatment options will become available or how the virus will affect the health and related productivity of large portions of the global population.

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The Cloud Balancing Act: Improving Business Outcomes without Degrading Your Security Posture

Posted by Corey Meyer on Feb 24, 2020

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.”

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Dudear or Not Dudear – Analyzing A Recent Phishing Attempt

Posted by Michael Born on Feb 6, 2020

Following the Tweet from the Microsoft Security Intelligence account January 30, 2020 (https://twitter.com/MsftSecIntel/status/1222995250911703041?s=20), we at SecureSky were a little curious whether we had come across any evidence that phishing attempts against our own organization or our clients were part of this recently revived campaign. Not that we really need a reason to do this kind of research but given this announcement, we decided to put some time into this.

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CIS Microsoft 365 Benchmark v1.1 Released

Posted by Brandon Cox on Jan 15, 2020

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.

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SecureSky’s Top 5 2020 Cloud Security Predictions

Posted by Corey Meyer on Dec 18, 2019

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.

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Detecting BEC Attacks and Compromise - Part 5

Posted by Gary Napotnik on Nov 22, 2019

1.0 Introduction

Welcome back to SecureSky’s series on Business Email Compromise (BEC) Attack and Detection!

In Part 1 of this blog series, we introduced 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. In Part 4, we discussed key logging and auditing capabilities in O365 that can help organizations detect BEC attacks against their environment.

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Azure Security Best Practices

Posted by Michael Born on Nov 12, 2019

Using Application Security Groups

Setting up infrastructure in Azure can, at times, seem quite daunting with all of the available options one can configure within each service. In this blog, we will give you some tips for applying traditional security best practices into your Azure environment using Application Security Groups to help make managing network security groups less cumbersome.

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