Archive for the ‘Auditing’ Category

Every year, increased cloud adoption rates suggest that the overall trust that users have in cloud-based platforms are increasing. This means that more and more organizations in key sectors, such as finance, healthcare and education, are storing sensitive information in the cloud and trusting that it will be secure. However, security controls and visibility into key changes taking place simply isn’t at the same level as some similar on-premise platforms. … Read more

It may not surprise you to learn that user error is one of the biggest risks to your IT security that you can face. In particular, careless or malicious administrators can have a disastrous effect on the integrity of your systems and data. Whether you are an enterprise organization with a team of admins, or a small business with just one, it’s important that you know exactly what they are … Read more

Office 365 is a feature-rich, cloud-based solution that offers email, instant messaging, file-storage, file-sharing, and a lot more. Office 365 makes it easier for employees to work remotely and facilitates better collaboration on projects. Using a cloud-based service will ensure that you always have the most up-to-date software, and that patches are installed in a timely manner to protect against security vulnerabilities. Additionally, there are many useful security features, such … Read more

Under the GDPR, organizations are required to institute measures that enable them to closely monitor the movement of personal data throughout its life-cycle. They must establish a profound understanding about how and why sensitive data is being processed and stored. It would be inadmissible for companies to not know where their valuable physical assets are located. Yet, despite being referred to as the new oil, data is not treated with … Read more

Organizations all over the world rely on Group Policy to control the working environment of both user and computer accounts in Active Directory (AD). However, due complex, scalable nature of Active Directory and the hundreds of available settings within Group Policy, it can be very easy to get it wrong – thus potentially leaving security vulnerabilities or leading to downtime. Due to this combination of complexity and importance, it stands … Read more

It’s probably safe for me to assume that your Windows File Servers store critical, sensitive information at this very moment in time. In the modern world, data is more valuable than oil, and is now considered to be the most valuable resource in the world. Ensuring that File Server is secure should be high on the list of priorities for any organization that stores sensitive data. Unfortunately, many of the … Read more

There are two kinds of data that is stored digitally in your organization; structured and unstructured. Unstructured data is data which does not have any sort of pre-defined data model or isn’t organized in a pre-defined way. It usually comprises the majority of the digital information that an organization stores. The problem is, many companies find it tricky to keep their unstructured data secure due to it’s changing nature. Because … Read more

It’s true to say that the modern-day business is reliant on data. Organizations are constantly looking for ways to leverage data intelligence to improve marketing activities, sales and operations. But with this reliance comes a cost; the uncontrollable rise of unstructured data. What is Unstructured Data and Why Does It Pose a Problem? As an organization that deals with this every day, we sometimes assume that everyone understands the threat … Read more

A report by Forrester once claimed that 80% of all security breaches involved the abuse or misuse of privileged credentials. Let’s accept for a moment that Forrester are right, and that privileged user accounts are the common denominator in a large percentage of security breaches. Knowing this, we’d expect to see all organisations well on the path to having clear processes, policy and controls in place to audit, track and … Read more

We talk to thousands of organisations every week about their Active Directory and, more specifically, how secure and protected their Active Directory is. It’s fair to say, I think there is a good deal of education that needs to be done as to what constitutes a secure Active Directory. Whenever we begin any engagement with any potential client we ask questions around their drivers. One of the specific questions we … Read more

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