SharePoint Defense in Depth

A community site for SharePoint security and compliance issues

About this community

SharePoint Defense in Depth is an open community site and resource for those interested in security, defense in depth, compliance, and SharePoint. This community site provides a place to pose questions to experts, and to learn how best to tackle your SharePoint security challenges.

For access to resources including a SharePoint Content Scanner, and SharePoint Risk Assessment, please create a login. Note that to limit spam and non-useful content on this site, we require either a valid corporate e-mail domain, or a legitimate LinkedIn profile for registrants before approving access.

Our simple goal is to provide the SharePoint community with tools and resources that enable you to more effectively secure your SharePoint environments. We encourage you to engage, and post your own tips, tricks, and resource to help make SharePoint sites more secure. If you have ideas as to how we can make the SharePoint Defense in Depth site a better community resource, please contact us on: info@sharepointdefenseindepth.com.

Blog Posts

Video demonstration of the content scanner

Posted by Mike Fleck on July 18, 2016 at 9:53am 0 Comments

If you came to SharePointDefenseInDepth looking for complimentary access to the data discovery tool (Content Scanner), you can request your copy by reaching out to info@cipherpoint.com. If you'd like to learn more about how to use the scanner and what it can locate check out this video on Vimeo. The first minutes minutes is background material so don't worry if you heard the audio but the video doesn't seem to be moving. …

Continue

Understanding file encryption in Office 365

Posted by Mike Fleck on March 8, 2016 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

In early 2015 Microsoft started rolling out per file encryption for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business in Office 365. Prior to that, the file encryption capability in Office 365 was simple BitLocker storage encryption. The newer approach, often referred to as Fort Knox, involved breaking files into fragments and encrypting each file fragment with a unique encryption key. Microsoft sometimes refers to this fragmenting of files as “shredded storage.” The fragment encryption keys (FEK)…

Continue

Reimagining a New Security Model for SharePoint

Posted by Peter Bradley on January 6, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

SharePoint's old security model was conceived in a different era. Let's imagine what a new security model might look like.

In my last post, we looked at the humble beginnings of SharePoint as Microsoft Tahoe, and pointed out that the security…

Continue

The free SharePoint Content Scanner is back

Posted by Mike Fleck on December 18, 2015 at 12:57pm 0 Comments

CipherPoint is once again providing free access to the content scanner.Yes, Office 365 has Data Loss Prevention but there are few reasons why you would be interested in this tool vs. the one from Microsoft.

  1. The CipherPoint scanner lets you create custom patterns to find.
  2. The CipherPoint scanner can search for sensitive content in on-premises AND Office 365 at the same time.
  3. The CipherPoint scanner is a lot easier to use.

To get the scanner you…

Continue

Events

Videos

Forum

Take the CipherPoint's Annual State of Collaboration Security Survey

Started by Mike Fleck in General security topics Jul 14, 2014. 0 Replies

Each year, CipherPoint conducts a survey to understand businesses’ top security concerns relating to file…Continue

Government Agencies Deploying SharePoint Despite the Lack of FIPS 140-2 Level Validation

Started by K Nahbrha in Industry compliance. Last reply by Mike Fleck Dec 6, 2013. 1 Reply

How are government agencies deploying SharePoint 2010 despite the fact that SharePoint does not support FIPS 140-2 level validation as required by NIST?The operating system that hosts SharePoint must…Continue

Tags: DISA, Cryptography, NIST, 2010, SharePoint

Securing SharePoint

Started by Site Admin in General security topics Aug 16, 2013. 0 Replies

A reader posted this response to a blog we posted on the Snowden breach, and the SharePoint connection. What do you think...can SharePoint be securely deployed?JimOur blog is here:…Continue

Is anyone using RMS and SharePoint 2013?

Started by Mike Fleck in General security topics. Last reply by Kirk Hasty Jul 22, 2013. 1 Reply

One of our members just posted the above question in his status. Is anyone here using Windows Rights Management (or third party RMS provider) with *any* version of SharePoint? If so, please post your…Continue

Tags: 2013, sharepoint, management, rights

All Blog Posts (106)

Video demonstration of the content scanner

If you came to SharePointDefenseInDepth looking for complimentary access to the data discovery tool (Content Scanner), you can request your copy by reaching out to info@cipherpoint.com. If you'd like to learn more about how to use the scanner and what it can locate check out this video on Vimeo. The first minutes minutes is background material so don't worry if you heard the audio but the video doesn't seem to be moving. …

Continue

Added by Mike Fleck on July 18, 2016 at 9:53am — No Comments

Understanding file encryption in Office 365

In early 2015 Microsoft started rolling out per file encryption for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business in Office 365. Prior to that, the file encryption capability in Office 365 was simple BitLocker storage encryption. The newer approach, often referred to as Fort Knox, involved breaking files into fragments and encrypting each file fragment with a unique encryption key. Microsoft sometimes refers to this fragmenting of files as “shredded storage.” The fragment encryption keys (FEK)…

Continue

Added by Mike Fleck on March 8, 2016 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Reimagining a New Security Model for SharePoint

SharePoint's old security model was conceived in a different era. Let's imagine what a new security model might look like.

In my last post, we looked at the humble beginnings of SharePoint as Microsoft Tahoe, and pointed out that the security…

Continue

Added by Peter Bradley on January 6, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The free SharePoint Content Scanner is back

CipherPoint is once again providing free access to the content scanner.Yes, Office 365 has Data Loss Prevention but there are few reasons why you would be interested in this tool vs. the one from Microsoft.

  1. The CipherPoint scanner lets you create custom patterns to find.
  2. The CipherPoint scanner can search for sensitive content in on-premises AND Office 365 at the same time.
  3. The CipherPoint scanner is a lot easier to use.

To get the scanner you…

Continue

Added by Mike Fleck on December 18, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Microsoft Tahoe and the Evolution of SharePoint Security

In my first post, I explained the biggest problems of SharePoint security model and how it creates risks. With so much change, so much growth, so many new threats - perhaps SharePoint's security model could use a rethink?

Microsoft Tahoe - Where…

Continue

Added by Peter Bradley on December 14, 2015 at 4:01am — No Comments

The Biggest Problems With Microsoft's SharePoint Security Model

Dear all,



I wanted to share with you my thoughts on SharePoint security model, and why it's clearly outdated for today's corporate environment.

SharePoint's…

Continue

Added by Peter Bradley on December 1, 2015 at 4:58am — No Comments

We're bringing it back!

CipherPoint is bringing back the free content scanner. Keep an eye on your email inbox for further announcements. There will be a few strings attached to this offer but only things that are in everyone's best interest. For example, we're going to first release it for folks in the US and Canada and we'll require some web-based training in order to make sure everyone has a positive experience as we roll this out.

Added by Mike Fleck on March 10, 2015 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

2014 State of Collaboration Security Report is Available!

The annual survey is called the State of Collaboration Security and is specific to security trends for the SharePoint and adjacent market segments. This year’s survey showed interesting trends which you can read about for yourself bydownloading the report and infographic. The information that grabbed my attention was:

  • 54% of surveyed organizations…
Continue

Added by Mike Fleck on November 19, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Office 365 and Azure Security Considerations (Part1)

As the CipherPoint team increasingly leverages Office 365 and Azure, we wanted to keep a rolling list of our lessons learned in terms of security. We not only use these technologies but also provide data security solutions for Office 365 and Azure environments and often need to dig into gory details of authentication, web services format, etc. in order to truly understand how these services work.

  1. Read Microsoft’s transparency …
Continue

Added by Mike Fleck on November 19, 2014 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Collaboration security in the Office Web Apps environments.

Let’s face it. Collaboration is the backbone for most any process intended to move projects through stakeholder channels, final drafts and completions.



For collaboration security, it's not surprising that certain team members will often be assigned different levels of tasks requiring access throughout SharePoint’s document management modules. But, not everyone is expected to have the same privileges, for example, to add or edit content.



As such, Office Web Apps used in…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on February 14, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Cloud security and SharePoint 2013 big concern among SMBs; hybrid solutions becoming common choice.

In general, with all the concerns about cloud security, the full migration of critical files, folders and documents to the cloud is far from becoming an overwhelming choice by the C-level suite.



Instead of an all-or-nothing choice, a large number of SMBs using SharePoint continue to opt for a hybrid solution, or a combination of public and private hosting solutions.



A recent online survey conducted by …

Continue

Added by Site Admin on January 25, 2014 at 1:01am — No Comments

Cloud security and SharePoint 2013 big concern among SMBs; hybrid solutions becoming common choice.

In general, with all the concerns about cloud security, the full migration of critical files, folders and documents to the cloud is far from becoming an overwhelming choice by the C-level suite.



Instead of an all-or-nothing choice, a large number of SMBs using SharePoint continue to opt for a hybrid solution, or a combination of public and private hosting solutions.



A recent online survey conducted by Redmond Magazine indicated that of the 300 respondents 46.3 percent…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 18, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Personally Identifiable Information should go carefully into Libraries, MySite or SkyDrive; taxonomy, classification, security needed.



It’s no surprise that with the blender approach to funneling data throughout the enterprise and organization the concern about Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is high in the minds of C-level folks and SharePoint administrators.



After all, when you consider the go-to sources available today, such as Libraries, lists, Dropbox folders, Amazon EC2 storage, SkyDrive and file shares, to name a few,…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 17, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Cloud-based File Security: How MSPs Can Consolidate Client Fears



File security is one of the crucial features that a discerning managed service provider firm worries about when it comes to cloud computing. There are countless benefits that the cloud based file sharing offers to businesses. However, there are a number of factors that make companies overlook sharing on the cloud. As an MSP, there are several interventions that will be handy when helping clients overcome cloud computing fears.   



When you run as an MSP, your clients see you…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 16, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

SharePoint Online: Microsoft doesn't recommend using branding on an Intranet home page.

No surprise, but it seems like every iteration of SharePoint since 2007 has been over-hyped relative to it’s ability to deliver an intuitive and manageable intranet platform, notes Toby Ward’s post on CMS Wired.



But all bets are riding high that SharePoint 2013 (SP13) will provide the enterprise with more credible Intranet features; this, as over 80% of…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 13, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Encryption and SharePoint Files

If you run a business, it’s normally a good idea to ensure that you get the best encryption for your data, and one of the best ways of doing it is through the use of SharePoint encryption. As time goes by, information becomes more and more valuable, and this means that an increasing number of people want to get their hands on it. For instance, there are many people who may be interested in breaking…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 12, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

SharePoint's Document Library does offer file security, but not a reason to assign sole file server status.

The question about using SharePoint as a file server takes on new meaning when considering issues like file security, not to mention the per file costs, according to an article in Redmond Magazine.

For one thing, to think of it as an ‘either or’ decision is faulty, even though SharePoint’s Document Library makes it easy to collaborate and share; store and offer version…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 11, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Cross-over technologies like Dropbox or Google Drive present cloud security issues for SharePoint users.

Given SharePoint’s abundance of features and extensive content management capabilities it’s no wonder that the term, “SharePoint sprawl,” is used in referring to the never-ending expansion of sites within the suite.



Today’s SharePoint is not unlike it’s 2010 iteration when it comes to implementing a quick start, thanks to it’s basic install…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 9, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

AIIM survey points to overriding concerns for cloud security in Office 365 SharePoint offering.

Maybe it’s the three iterations of SharePoint that the Redmond Giant has introduced over the past number of years that keep users from embracing Office 365’s cloud option.



Microsoft’s three-year of introducing a new upgrade has caused many companies to not only have many versions, but has handed IT a host of support issues as well:



* 38 percent are supporting two or more live versions.



* 21 percent of larger organizations are supporting three or more…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 6, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Security threats from disabling 'authentication' calls for recent Microsoft critical patches

It happens often: SharePoint users are disabling the suite’s authentication mode to make it easier to access/share documents. Unwittingly, this opened a Pandora’s Box of security problems with outside attackers.



As such, Microsoft’s released a recent patch to address 10 critical areas within the SharePoint software.



At issue, was the capability of hackers to use “remote code…

Continue

Added by Site Admin on December 5, 2013 at 8:06pm — No Comments

© 2017   Created by Jim.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service