OFFICE 365 SECURITY REVIEW

O365 is a fantastic resource for modern companies. Our team has a thorough Office 365 security review and configuration process to assess all aspects and identify any threats or areas for improvement in your Office365. 

If you have any concerns regarding your Microsoft safety from threat actors, cyber criminals, or other potential issues, our team can help you with your security controls.

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Office 365 Overview

Office 365 is a powerful tool that provides all sorts of business services from email to cloud storage, and it’s much more than just another productivity suite.

It provides more than just email and office productivity tools – with over 200 million active users worldwide who are constantly growing their products’ capabilities there really isn’t much missing when compared to Microsoft on-premises solutions (such as Exchange Server).

With Office 365, you can get access to an array of tools that will streamline your workflow and give you the freedom to work from anywhere. The security aspect should also not be overlooked though – it’s important in every business!
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Is office 365 email secure?

Whether it’s applications, devices or storage including backups, these are the three main categories where email data resides. Before understanding whether Office 365 is secure or not, it’s important to understand the cloud model concept. Just like major cloud providers, Microsoft provides an in-built tool that can be used to assess a company’s security posture and office 365 review when it comes to its O365 services and provides improvement ideas. Also, Microsoft Office offers this product as part of a shared responsibility model in cloud computing. This means:

Cloud provider is responsible for security of the cloud

Tenant or organisation client is responsible for security in the cloud

As customers have control of user accounts, access, authentication and authorisation of O365 data, it is the customer’s (tenant organisation) responsibility to maintain the security of their sensitive data. There are good security controls out of the box that come with Office 365 review, such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP) controls help security teams with data transfer violations involving sensitive information. They also support modern authentication. However, they are not auto-magically serving public sector organisations demands.

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Common O365 security misconfigurations and vulnerabilities

Our certified security professionals will perform an office 365 security review of to identify misconfigurations that may have occurred. Also, We’ve been able to handle our cloud security with the Office 365 Security and Compliance center better. It is very common for potential threats to be found during pentesting office 365 process, and our team will support the mitigation of these cyber threats by utilizing the Microsoft secure score.

Oftentimes, we discover in O365 pentesting that users have incorrect system access controls, which leaves businesses unsafe from many potential dangers. Actual vulnerabilities identified within the product had also increased the attack surface for Office 365 users. Some of these recent flaws include improper validation (CVE-2020-16875) and smart bypass issues (CVE-2020-171324). Common Office365 misconfigurations include lack of multi-factor authentication for administrator account, password sync and mailbox auditing. 

This thorough office 365 security review includes vendor cyber security best practices including but not limited to the following security review areas:

Office 365 Security Controls

Benefits of Office 365 Security Assessment

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Follow best security practices

o365 security assessment findings are mostly around areas described under common misconfiguration. As a standard best practice checklist, an Office 365 installation should follow the following areas:

  • Unified Audit Logging
  • Multi-Factor Authentication 
  • Privileged accounts management
  • Protecting against malware using features based on subscriptions such as anti-phishing, auto-forwarding, ATP safe attachments and ATP safe links. 
Office 365 Security Practices

Microsoft Office 365 provides cloud resources, securing it is your responsibility.

O365 Pentesting Methodology

Our pentesting office 365 approach involves benchmark-based o365 security assessment as well as standard pentest methodology extended to include Microsoft office cloud-specific cyber security risks and compliance center issues in office 365 review. We support industry-leading testing standards and methodologies for o365 pentesting:

Step 1
Step 1

Identity and Access Management

This phase involves reviewing identity and access management-related controls. Generally, these include checks on the use of higher privilege administrator accounts, use of MFA, password policy, IAM policies, access keys, conditional access policies, and credentials usage policies.

Step 2
Step 2

Review Authentication Architectures

Authentication and authorization problems are prevalent security risks and compliance center issues that come in an office 365 review. Most mobile apps or azure web applications implement user authentication. Even though part of the authentication and state management logic is performed by the back end service, authentication is such an integral part of most mobile app architectures that understanding its common implementations is important.

Step 3
Step 3

Network Security

This area in pentesting office 365 involves checks around network security controls such as ingress, egress rulesets, flow logging, traffic restrictions, and least access privileges.

Step 4
Step 4

Logging API Calls, Events

All major cloud service providers offer web services that record API calls for tenant account. This information contains various parameters such as API source, calls details, requests/response elements. This phase includes a configuration review of API calls for an account, log file validation, encryption at rest, access checks if logs are restricted from public view and access logging, configuration management and monitoring options.

Step 5
Step 5

Monitoring

The monitoring phase is one of the critical tasks responsible for alerting relevant contacts during an incident. This involves reliance on the logging and related configuration parameters to ensure right metric filters are in place. These reviews include checks for real-time monitoring configuration, alarms for any changes made to access control lists, security policy/groups, routing tables, and related parameters.

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