AD F

Active Directory is an Active Vulnerability 

Many organizations that use Active Directory (AD) are failing to bolster their security postures  Microsoft AD has been around for almost a quarter century, and while many organizations across industries use it, few have adapted to the demand for greater security postures.  Despite the fact that approximately 90% of the Global Fortune 1000 companies use AD, only about a quarter consider security …

The Biggest Takeaway from the 2022 Verizon DBIR

The annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) contains several useful security insights. Reflecting on another year where cybersecurity attacks have frequently starred in news headlines, the 2022 DBIR confirms a lot of what professionals already know: cyber attacks continue to increase in frequency, and organizations of all sizes need to bolster their defensive postures in order to stay safe.  …

username & password

Username & Password Pairs: Why Banning Just Passwords Isn’t Enough

Password blacklists are receiving considerable attention. It’s clear why: weak and compromised passwords are a factor in nearly all hacking-related cybersecurity breaches. Best practices from NIST require organizations to disallow the use of any common and compromised passwords. And several cyber security companies offer password blacklists for this purpose. But authentication requires a username and password combination, so shouldn’t we …

CISA

CISA: The Risk of MFA Without Improving Password Security

The recent CISA Alert AA22-074A describes how Russian state-sponsored cyber actors gained access to a US NGO using compromised credentials and a flaw in default MFA protocols. This alert may help cybersecurity professionals understand that MFA alone is insufficient and the importance of securing each authentication layer. What happened, exactly?As early as May 2021, the FBI observed Russian state-sponsored cyber …