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Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with Microsoft Sentinel and Microsoft Defender

2023-12-01T14:40:09-07:00

Data loss prevention is a critical aspect of data security that involves identifying, monitoring, and protecting sensitive data from unauthorized access, use, or transmission. Microsoft Sentinel and Microsoft Defender are two powerful tools that can help organizations implement effective data loss prevention strategies. Key Features and Benefits: Real-time threat detection and response Microsoft Sentinel provides real-time threat detection and response capabilities that can help organizations quickly identify and respond to potential data loss incidents. The platform uses advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms to detect anomalous behavior and suspicious activities across hybrid environments. Endpoint protection and device control Microsoft Defender provides advanced endpoint protection capabilities that can help organizations protect their devices from malware, viruses, and other cyber threats. [...]

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with Microsoft Sentinel and Microsoft Defender2023-12-01T14:40:09-07:00

App Governance in Microsoft Defender for Cloud

2023-11-16T15:35:21-07:00

App Governance in Microsoft Defender for Cloud In today’s digital age, organizations are increasingly relying on cloud-based applications to store and manage their data. While these applications offer many benefits, they also pose significant security risks. To mitigate these risks, Microsoft has developed Defender for Cloud, a comprehensive security solution that provides end-to-end protection for cloud-based applications. One of the key features of Microsoft Defender for Cloud is App Governance, a set of security and policy management capabilities designed for OAuth-enabled apps registered on Entra ID (Formerly Azure Active Directory), Google, and Salesforce. App Governance delivers visibility, remediation, and governance into how these apps and their users access, use, and share sensitive data in Microsoft 365 and other cloud [...]

App Governance in Microsoft Defender for Cloud2023-11-16T15:35:21-07:00

Microsoft Sentinel’s Powerhouse Features: Unveiling Advanced Incident Investigation & Threat Intelligence Tools

2023-11-14T15:54:54-07:00

Microsoft Sentinel’s Powerhouse Features: Unveiling Advanced Incident Investigation & Threat Intelligence Tools In the realm of cybersecurity, the landscape is constantly evolving. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and the need for effective security measures is more critical than ever. This is where Microsoft Sentinel (previously Azure Sentinel) comes into play. What is Microsoft Sentinel? Microsoft Sentinel, is a security information and event management (SIEM) system that also serves as a platform for security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR). It’s a cloud-native solution that delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across your enterprise. How does Microsoft Sentinel Work? Sentinel collects data across all platforms, encompassing users, applications, servers, and devices, whether they're located on-premises or distributed across various clouds. [...]

Microsoft Sentinel’s Powerhouse Features: Unveiling Advanced Incident Investigation & Threat Intelligence Tools2023-11-14T15:54:54-07:00

The CISO’s Guide to Balancing Security and Productivity

2023-08-17T21:01:50-07:00

As the role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) gains prominence, striking a balance between security and productivity becomes more intricate. Businesses must operate efficiently, but at the same time, rising concerns about cybersecurity for businesses can't be ignored. Cybersecurity incidents can drastically harm an organization's reputation, leading to data loss, decreased revenue, and dwindling customer trust. In this blog post, we'll explore strategies that CISOs can use to ensure operational efficiency while enforcing stringent security protocols. Moreover, we'll highlight real-world examples showcasing this equilibrium. Develop a Comprehensive Security Strategy Striking a balance between security and productivity stands as one of the most daunting tasks for any CISO. While you want your organization to innovate and expand, leaving [...]

The CISO’s Guide to Balancing Security and Productivity2023-08-17T21:01:50-07:00

The Role of Collaboration in Cybersecurity Success

2023-08-17T21:34:56-07:00

Today, our growing reliance on technology has ushered in increasingly sophisticated and frequent cybersecurity threats. To combat these challenges, organizations now recognize the necessity of collaboration between teams and departments. This post delves into the pivotal role of collaboration in fortifying cybersecurity. We'll explore its significance, strategies for enhancing organizational collaboration, notable successes achieved through collaboration, and how various stakeholders contribute in a collaborative cybersecurity setup. The Importance of Collaboration in Achieving Strong Cybersecurity Because modern cyber attacks often target various business facets at once, collaboration becomes indispensable for cybersecurity success. These threats, ever-changing in nature, exploit diverse vulnerabilities — from employees' lack of awareness to technical lapses. Adopting a siloed approach can be detrimental. Instead, when organizations encourage [...]

The Role of Collaboration in Cybersecurity Success2023-08-17T21:34:56-07:00

The Impact of Resource Constraints on Cybersecurity and How to Overcome Them

2023-08-17T21:20:21-07:00

In our technologically advanced era, cybersecurity stands as a paramount concern for businesses, regardless of their size. As the number of cyber-attacks and data breaches skyrockets, businesses need to bolster their defenses to safeguard user information, intellectual property, confidential data, and, above all, their reputation. Yet, achieving robust cybersecurity isn't always smooth sailing. Resource constraints and budget limitations often obstruct the path to building and upholding airtight cybersecurity. Let's dive into the ramifications of resource constraints on cybersecurity and chart out strategies to navigate these hurdles. Resource Constraints When it comes to cybersecurity, resource constraints—financial, technical, and human—can hamper a company's defenses. A restricted budget may force companies to choose certain cybersecurity measures over others, inadvertently leaving security gaps. [...]

The Impact of Resource Constraints on Cybersecurity and How to Overcome Them2023-08-17T21:20:21-07:00

Why Continuous Learning is Your Best Defense Against Cyber Threats

2023-08-17T21:55:11-07:00

As the digital landscape swiftly evolves, understanding the most recent cybersecurity threats can feel overwhelming. However, to stay ahead of hackers and guard your data, continuous learning emerges as your foremost defense from cyber threats. By mastering everything from malware detection to phishing email identification, you make sure you're not just preventing attacks but also building a robust defense for your assets. Curious? Dive deeper to understand why cybersecurity professionals should embrace continuous learning, familiarize themselves with the latest cybersecurity trends, and see how ongoing education fuels better decision-making. The Power of Continuous Learning in Boosting Cybersecurity Continuous learning in cybersecurity doesn't just boost awareness and vigilance; it's the backbone of proactive defense. As cyber threats morph and evolve, [...]

Why Continuous Learning is Your Best Defense Against Cyber Threats2023-08-17T21:55:11-07:00

End of Support for Windows Server 2012: Why Patching Matters

2023-08-17T20:31:17-07:00

Introduction In the IT realm, patch management is vital. It ensures software security and efficiency. As we approach the end of support for Windows Server 2012 on October 10, 2023, the importance of patch management grows. Without Microsoft's regular updates, systems on Windows Server 2012 will become vulnerable. Therefore, effective patch management is necessary. In this article, we'll discuss patch management and its increasing relevance as Windows Server 2012 approaches its end of life. 1. The Role of Patch Management Patch management, at its core, is systematic. It involves acquiring, testing, and installing patches on network applications. It's crucial for enhancing security, ensuring uptime, and maintaining compliance. Moreover, as Windows Server 2012 nears its end, relying on patch management strategies [...]

End of Support for Windows Server 2012: Why Patching Matters2023-08-17T20:31:17-07:00

Vendor Management in Cybersecurity: Selecting the Right Partners

2023-09-21T06:58:41-07:00

Vendor Management in Cybersecurity: Selecting the Right Partners The Real-World Impact of Vendor Management in Cybersecurity Did you know that in 2020, the SolarWinds cyber attack, which affected numerous government agencies and companies, was attributed to a compromised update from a trusted vendor? This real-life incident underscores the significance of vendor management in cybersecurity. In today's digital landscape, businesses face multifaceted cyber threats that can lead to massive financial loss, reputational damage, and daunting legal liabilities. One of the principal strategies for building a robust cybersecurity defense is selecting the right vendors equipped to fortify your IT infrastructure. Why is Vendor Management Critical in Cybersecurity? The 2013 Target breach, where attackers accessed the company's network through an HVAC contractor, [...]

Vendor Management in Cybersecurity: Selecting the Right Partners2023-09-21T06:58:41-07:00

AccountabilIT (AIT) Climbs the Ranks in MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSP List for 2023

2023-09-19T15:10:12-07:00

Phoenix, AZ, September 19, 2023 — MSSP Alert, a CyberRisk Alliance resource, has once again honored AccountabilIT by including it in their prestigious list of Top 250 MSSPs, globally. This marks the seventh year in a row that AccountabilIT has earned this accolade. AccountabilIT has secured the #94 spot this year, surging forward by 17 positions from the previous year. This list has seen a growing presence of international competitors over recent years. Despite these challenges, AccountabilIT has not only maintained its spot but advanced significantly, particularly amongst U.S.-based MSSPs. AccountabilIT’s continuous innovations, particularly its focus on Microsoft-driven solutions, have contributed largely to this impressive growth. The company's offering, XDR + SIEM powered by Sentinel, continues to set a [...]

AccountabilIT (AIT) Climbs the Ranks in MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSP List for 20232023-09-19T15:10:12-07:00

How CISOs can leverage the Microsoft Security Stack to Balance Security and Productivity in their Organizations

2023-08-17T20:38:29-07:00

Introduction: The CISO's Dilemma In today's fast-paced digital world, the role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is more crucial than ever. CISOs must manage a challenging balancing act: ensuring robust and reliable cybersecurity measures while keeping business productivity in full swing. How do effective CISOs balance security and productivity? We've gathered some thoughts and case studies to gain insight into this question. Join us as we explore this challenge to shed light on how to balance security and productivity. The Modern CISO Challenge In 2017, Bromium commissioned a study surveying 500 CISOs from companies with 1000+ employees across the USA, UK, and Germany. Their findings, published in a report titled “The CISO’s Dilemma: Security Versus Productivity,” revealed: [...]

How CISOs can leverage the Microsoft Security Stack to Balance Security and Productivity in their Organizations2023-08-17T20:38:29-07:00

Windows Server 2012: Navigating the End of Support Era

2023-07-05T16:01:57-07:00

The Evolution of Server Operating Systems For IT professionals and Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Windows Server is a computing cornerstone. With the advent of Windows Server 2022 in August 2021, the technology continues to evolve. However, a significant portion of organizations are still operating on Windows Server 2012, and it's crucial to note that its support period is nearing its end. From October 10, 2023, Microsoft will stop providing patches, software, and security updates for Windows Server 2012. This support termination escalates the potential for cyber threats, including malware attacks, ransomware, and performance degradation due to outdated systems or harmful activities such as data or cryptocurrency mining. But fear not; we're here to guide you through what you need [...]

Windows Server 2012: Navigating the End of Support Era2023-07-05T16:01:57-07:00
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