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Security guidance for remote desktop adoption

Security guidance for remote desktop adoption

As the volume of remote workers quickly increased over the past two to three months, the IT teams in many companies scrambled to figure out how their infrastructures and technologies would be able to handle the increase in remote connections ... continue reading

Afternoon Cyber Tea: Building operational resilience in a digital world

Operational resiliency is a topic of rising importance in the security community. Unplanned events, much like the one we are facing today, are reminders of how organizations can be prepared to respond to a cyberattack. Ian Coldwell and I explored ... continue reading

Protecting your data and maintaining compliance in a remote work environment

In this difficult time, remote work is becoming the new normal for many companies around the world. Employees are using tools like Microsoft Teams to collaborate, chat, and connect in new ways to try to keep their businesses moving forward ... continue reading

Full Operational Shutdown—another cybercrime case from the Microsoft Detection and Response Team

Recently, we published our first case report (001: …And Then There Were Six) by the Microsoft Detection and Response Team (DART). We received significant positive response from our customers and colleagues and our team has been getting inquiries asking for ... continue reading
Image: Initial Access Execution Persistence Privilege Escalation Defense Evasion Credential Access Discovery Lateral Movement Impact Using Cloud credentials Exec into container Backdoor container Privileged container Clear container logs List K8S secrets Access the K8S API server Access cloud resources Data Destruction Compromised images in registry bash/cmd inside container Writable hostPath mount Cluster-admin binding Delete K8S events Mount service principal Access Kubelet API Container service account Resource Hijacking Kubeconfig file New container Kubernetes CronJob hostPath mount Pod / container name similarity Access container service account Network mapping Cluster internal networking Denial of service Application vulnerability Application exploit (RCE) Access cloud resources Connect from Proxy server Applications credentials in configuration files Access Kubernetes dashboard Applications credentials in configuration files Exposed Dashboard SSH server running inside container Instance Metadata API Writable volume mounts on the host Access Kubernetes dashboard Access tiller endpoint

Attack matrix for Kubernetes

Kubernetes, the most popular container orchestration system and one of the fastest-growing projects in the history of open source, becomes a significant part of many companies’ compute stack. The flexibility and scalability of containers encourage many developers to move their ... continue reading
Zero Trust framework to enable remote work

Zero Trust framework to enable remote work

Zero Trust Assessment tool now live! With such a large influx of employees working remotely, many of the traditional network-based security controls are unable to protect the organization. For many organizations, there are two options: route all remote traffic through ... continue reading
Screenshot showing apps in the My Apps portal.

Making it easier for your remote workforce to securely access all the apps they need, from anywhere

Since I published my last blog, Five identity priorities for 2020, COVID-19 has upended the way we work and socialize. Now that physical distancing has become essential to protect everyone’s health, more people than ever are going online to connect ... continue reading

Alternative ways for security professionals and IT to achieve modern security controls in today’s unique remote work scenarios

With the bulk of end users now working remotely, legacy network architectures that route all remote traffic through a central corporate network are suddenly under enormous strain. The result can be poorer performance, productivity, and user experience. Many organizations are ... continue reading
Defending the power grid against supply chain attacks—Part 2: Securing hardware and software

Defending the power grid against supply chain attacks—Part 2: Securing hardware and software

Artificial intelligence (AI) and connected devices have fueled digital transformation in the utilities industry. These technological advances promise to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of energy generation, transmission, and distribution. They’ve also created new vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals, nation state actors, ... continue reading
Screenshot of a phishing email about a coronavirus update.

Protecting against coronavirus themed phishing attacks

The world has changed in unprecedented ways in the last several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. While it has brought out the best in humanity in many ways, as with any crisis it can also attract the worst in ... continue reading