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

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 as an authority and a source of reference. They won’t refer to you for advice only but will also depend on you to help them implement tricky strategies and applications. At the same time a significant number of them will remain apprehensive when it comes to anything associated with the cloud concept. For an MSP to help their clients make the switch smoothly, here are some of the aspects that make clients hesitant.

Cloud immaturity

Whereas there has been a lot of hype about the real advantage of utilizing cloud computing, a significant number of business owners have a notion that the cloud is just another unreliable prototype. This makes many businesses approach the technology with a lot of caution. Despite the presence of warranties, there is still a lot of doubt. Most businesses in the modern world will display a lot of favoritism for the technology models of the past decades. However, as an MSP, you need to bring such doubting thomases closer to the cloud and the many benefits therein. It is not about the obsolete systems but the convenience of innovative solutions that many other businesses have benefited from.

Cloud expertise

The fear of the unknown for businesses is real. Most of these have in-depth knowledge that there are reliable file server security protocols that guide the working of the cloud concept. However, they will not embrace new concepts despite the successes of other firms that have made a complete switch for the cloud. MSP outfits have the overwhelming commitment to take such business through the efficacy of cloud sharing systems compared to their existing file server operation. This is the best time for an MSP to use its expertise to help clients make a sober transition.

Cloud ROI

When making a switch between business operation systems, there is the aspect of costs and expenses. When clients have doubts due to the financial consequence of switching to the cloud, an MSP should be able to take a client through the possibility of increased productivity if a cloud system is put in place for the firm. This is the best way to achieve more ROI through the cloud based file syncing. If there are fears about data security, it is advisable for an MSP to bring in the experts to guide the process. If your business is still hesitant of cloud based data sharing, consider expert advice. SharePoint Defense in Depth is an ideal option for file sharing solutions. Contact us and experience innovative models for your business success today!

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