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Microsoft Cybersecurity Reference Architecture

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in June 2018, Mark Simos who works as Lead Architect, Enterprise Cybersecurity Group at Microsoft published the updated “Cybersecurity Reference Architecture”. I find this a very valuable collection of architectural information as it often gives a good impression of the big picture approach. As there is a webcast coming up, where Mark is going to explain the design and how you as a architect or systems engineer can use this reference architecture, I decided to wrap that information up in a blogpost.

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Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence – Password Spray Attack

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the third attack simulation method is a password spray attack. In a password-spray attack, a hacker tests a single password against multiple user accounts at an organization. The method often involves weak passwords, such as Winter2018 or Password123!, and can be an effective hacking technique against organizations that are using single sign-on (SSO) and federated authentication protocols, but that haven’t deployed multi factor authentication.

 

 

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Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence – Brute Force Password Attack

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A Brute Force Attack is the simplest method to gain access to a site or server. It is an automated, trial-and-error method of generating multiple password guesses from a dictionary file against a user’s password. Automated software is used to generate a large number of consecutive guesses as to the value of the desired data. An attack of this nature can be time- and resource-consuming. Hence the name “brute force attack;” success is usually based on computing power and the number of combinations tried rather than an ingenious algorithm.

 

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Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence – Spear Phishing Attack

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in the first part we had a look into attack simulator and the included scenarios. We discussed which scenario does what in detail and what you need to set up as a preparation. In this blog post we will check out the spear phishing attack that is meant to harvest credentials. Spear phishing is a very common e-mail spoofing attack scenario that targets a specific individual or organization with the goal to get access to sensitive information. Furthermore I have seen this attack method with the intend to install malware on a targeted user’s computer.

 

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Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence – Overview and Preparation

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Email spam is once again the most popular choice for sending out malware. Spam has been one of the main infection vectors for decades. During the past few years, it’s gained more popularity against other vectors, as systems are getting more secure against software exploits and vulnerabilities. A recent report of F-Secure reports that spam email click rates have gone up from the 13.4% recorded in the second half of 2017 to 14.2% recorded in the first half of the year. To protect against these attack vectors is nearly impossible as a majority of attacks leads to web pages never seen before and due to the the sheer infinite range of these attack vectors. The only thing that really improves our security level is permanent education of our users.

On ‎02-21-2018  Microsoft has announced the Public Preview of Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence. In preparation of some customer workshops I had a first look into the product that I want to share with you.

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Windows 10 AppLocker Policies still affect after disabling the service

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from time to time I consult customers in the configuration of Windows 10 AppLocker. I really love AppLocker because it’s super simple, reliable and enterprise ready in terms of administrative overhead. Furthermore it’s the recommended tool for the configuration of unwanted / not needed apps within Windows 10. But sometimes AppLocker kind of “breaks” my Windows 10 start menu and stops Apps from strarting up. Although the AppLocker enforcement is disabled.

 

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The People’s History of ConfigMgr – Happy 25th Birthday ConfigMgr

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I’m super happy to be part of the “The People’s History of ConfigMgr”. It’s  the second half of the “ConfigMgr @ 25” documentary series, and this story is told solely by the ConfigMgr community. For the first time on camera and on the record, a wide variety of ConfigMgr fellows talk openly as they reflect on their good (and terrible) experiences, how it changed the way they work, and what ConfigMgr has meant to their careers — and the industry.

 

 

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 – Recap

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I finally found the time to wrap up Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando / Florida. I had the great honor to have three different stage experiences. But for sure the breakout session in a fully packed room was the absolute highlight.

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