Archive for April, 2017

Misconfigured Domain Controllers (DCs) present a major security risk for Active Directory. To ensure that your Domain Controllers are configured correctly, you will need to closely review the default Domain Controller Policies, create Domain Controller GPOs (Group Policy Objects) and configure Group Policy Settings. Your policy will need to include patching and protecting Domain Controllers, and include an effective DC auditing strategy for monitoring and reporting changes to event logs. … Read more

Unlike an Information Security Analyst, to be a professional IT auditor, you are not strictly required to have an in-depth understanding of your operating system, nor do you need to be a hacker to be able to audit the files, folders and permissions on your network. However, it is imperative that the auditor knows exactly what they are auditing, which does require a high level of technical knowledge. There are … Read more

Wonga, the British payday loan company, has fallen victim to a data breach affecting an estimated 270,000 customers. The stolen data includes names, addresses, phone numbers and bank account details – including the last four digits of customers’ bank cards. Shortly after the breach was discovered, Wonga began contacting customers and setup a dedicated help page and phone line to deal with inquiries. The firm said it was “urgently investigating … Read more

Attackers are persistent in their pursuit to compromise Active Directory services due to their role in authorising access to critical and confidential data. As organisations expand, their infrastructure becomes increasingly more complex, which makes them a lot more vulnerable to attack as it is harder to keep track of important system changes, events and permissions. It’s also becomes a lot harder for organisations to determine where their sensitive data is … Read more

The DMTF WS-Eventing standard was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 so that system administrators could centralize Windows event logs. As part of the open Web Services-Management (WS-Man) protocol that’s included in the Windows Management Framework (WMF), event forwarding provides a means to read and store event logs from Windows devices in one place. Windows Event Forwarding (WEF) is agentless, so you don’t need to install any additional software to … Read more

Configuration drift is a naturally occurring phenomenon whereby configuration items (CIs), such as computers or devices on an organisation’s network, drift towards an inconsistent state. This problem occurs on both private and cloud-based networks. While there are a number of causes of configuration drift, it’s essentially the result of conflicting changes made to device’s, software, services and configuration files, which are not systematically monitored by the IT department. It is … Read more

The overall cost to the UK economy from cyber-crime alone is well over £20 billion, and businesses are the ones that feel the effects the most. Every year we see stories of network attacks, yet it appears that many businesses are still not taking steps to mitigate the risks. Surveys suggest that most companies that face a significant security breach go out of business within a year. The average cost … Read more

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