Whilst conducting security testing and assurance activities, I went looking to show logon events in Office 365. My first query was on IdentityEvents, this led to a view of a multi month attack by a threat actor/s against a tenent, followed by exploring the rabbit hole of logs and computer systems. This blog summarises some of the methods and findings when considering threat hunting and authentication defences for Office 365. (bear with me I am tired so this might need a bit of a tune up later!)Read more “Defending Against Direct Authentication Attacks in Microsoft Office 365”
MFA was the “silver bullet” but friction and security kind of go hand in hand, the idea of a push notification and simple “authorise” is great in theory, but in practise it is vulnerable to brute force and human error. In this post we are going to check out enabling number matching authentication in Azure.
This is just one configuration option, as you can see there are loads of options for methods and specific configurations. Bear in mind the pros and cons for each one, for example SMS based 2FA can be vulnerability to SIM swapping attacks. I’m going to focus on Number Matching in Authenticator for this post: Read more “Enable Number Matching in Azure MFA”
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the world today. I believe it is about 35% of the market share globally. That is a lot of sites.
I have been using WordPress for years myself; some people give it some stick for being vulnerable but that is usually them referring to third party plugins. I like it because you can build a site easily, without having to spend ages and you can deploy it and migrate etc. without having a huge headache. Read more “WordPress Security Considerations”
Good practise is not always good practise
For years you might have heard to have a complex password you change regularly (like every 30 days to keep you safe from the hax0rs) but well… let us not lie, it is bloody terrible advice.
Password cracking, brute force attacks, credential stuffing and well mad human things like writing passwords down on post it notes under keyboards are hugely prevalent still. The other day I managed to see a password used on a corporate system which was “Thursday49”. Yep, I know I know we all know that a weak easily guessable, easily crack able password is not a good idea yet honestly, humans like things that work and are simple vs remember their 6 favourite books in reverse order with a complex character and capital letter. Read more “Password Managers – The Good the Bad and the Ugly”