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:

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 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. …


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)…


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…


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…





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

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 versions.

Indeed, perhaps it’s yet another reason to keep files and data close-to-home (say on-premise) and still benefit from the suite’s document management and collaborative features.

A recent survey by AIIM is telling us that 43 percent of the 620 contacted have  no desire to run SharePoint content via Office 365 out of fear for cloud security.

Still, those companies nod in agreement that the suite remains the backbone of their management systems, both content and records keeping.

Regardless of the many features offered by SharePoint 2013, 33 percent of those asked say its been a chore bringing the software into the enterprise or organization; but, 40 percent indicated they are making plans to implement the platform.

Yet, a mere 6% surveyed are saying they’ve had success with the migration.

Overall, the research shows that concerns about SharePoint security have always been present since its first release; but, now with Office 365 users are even more at odds with cloud computing with issues like governance and compliance looming large. Site sponsor CipherPoint Software can help allay Office 365 data security concerns with their Eclipse for SharePoint Online/Office 365 suite.

In fact, 23 percent of responding organizations to the SharePoint 2013 survey said they have big issues with governance and user-security. However, those business leaders surveyed clearly stated that their organizations see the benefits of this type of collaborative technology and anticipate continued investment in licenses, professional services, and third-party applications.

By no means did the respondents kill the prospects of using third-party solutions to their record management strategies: 67 percent favor turning to vendors for their solutions.

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