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Corporate account takeover attacks and prevention

Corporate account takeover is a form of identity theft, wherein an unauthorized entity steals and assumes an employee’s digital identity, to perform actions on behalf of that user, while remaining undetected. The popularity of corporate account takeover attacks lies in their afforded safeguards for bad actors.... Read More

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Securing ADFS against password spraying attacks

Stolen account passwords provide the “path of least resistance” into a victim network for an attacker. Once compromised credentials are obtained, the attacker can easily access business-critical systems with little effort. Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS) is a solution... Read More

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Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy and stolen credentials

​To address the growing number of cyber threats, Australia released a new version of the Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 on August 6, 2020. The 2020 version of the strategy replaces the earlier strategy from 2016, and will be delivered through the combined efforts... Read More

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What Happens When You Don’t Secure The Service Desk

Employee password resets make up a big percentage of the tickets that the service desk handles on a daily basis. While a lot can be said for the high costs that are incurred at the help desk for these types of calls, which Forrester estimates cost about $70 per call, more can be... Read More

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Network hardening techniques

The network is the lifeblood of any infrastructure, allowing communication between hardware and services. Protecting one’s network against penetration is essential. Successful attacks can lead to data theft or outages, effectively crippling services, and undermining privacy. These problems are expensive and time consuming... Read More

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Apache Log4j Vulnerability – CVE-2021-44228

Apache Software Foundation issued an emergency update for a critical zero-day vulnerability on December 9, 2021. The vulnerability affects open source logging tool Log4j included in almost every Java application. Specops has reviewed our products and there is no... Read More

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Password Policy Compliance Report in Specops Password Auditor

Organizations looking to evaluate how well their existing password policies measure up against different compliance standards may benefit from running a free scan with Specops Password Auditor. One of the reports Password Auditor provides is the Password Policy Compliance report.... Read More

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What is Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA)?

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, requires financial institutions to explain their information-sharing practices to their customers, and to safeguard sensitive data. The GLBA applies to all companies that offer consumer financial products or services like loans, financial or investment advice, or... Read More

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CIS Benchmark Password Policy

With technology constantly evolving, cybersecurity organizations are helping people, businesses, and governments with best practices to protect themselves against emerging threats. The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is one of these advisement groups. The CIS Controls and CIS Benchmarks provide globally recognized best practices for security IT systems and... Read More