Organizations are racing to Microsoft cloud services, such as Office 365 and Azure Active Directory (AD). Some organizations will be 100% cloud, but many are too heavily invested in legacy infrastructure and are forced to stay hybrid for the foreseeable future. In either scenario, it’s easy to see why Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest-growing commercial product ever. Office 365 helps organizations save money, become more agile and drive innovation.
But as your cloud — and hybrid — footprint expands, so does your security risk. That’s because in a hybrid AD environment, you face all the security limitations of native AD plus those of Azure AD. That means you need to manage double the surface area to overcome potential data breaches and insider threats caused by hackers like Hank.
Hank is a fictional character we created for our upcoming webcast series. Hank represents hackers that appear in many shapes and sizes and who love to exploit the security limitations of AD, Azure AD and Office 365.
Hank the Hacker will send cyber-attacks on your email, he’ll block login access with ransomware, he’ll use pass-the-hash techniques to authenticate your password…in fact, Hank’s so smart he’ll have angry ex-employees (and careless co-workers) feeding him what he needs to create a serious data breach.
These threats can cause serious data breaches for your organization resulting in significant data loss, large penalties and fines, costing your company money and reputation. In fact, the average data breach costs organizations $4 million according to the 2016 Ponemon Institute study.
Hank’s big prize? Your Hybrid Active Directory environment. AD is the “crown jewels” for attackers, both inside and out, because it’s the primary source of authentication and authorization for all users in your environment; and if breached, it can be used to control the network, the data and the devices.
Join us every Wednesday in May for a live webcast series, “How to Overcome Common Hybrid AD and Cloud Security Challenges,” and learn to lock down your environment so Hank the Hacker never gets his eyes on your data. We’ll cover the following topics: