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Elevating Cloud Security Posture Faster and More Effectively

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  • 63% of confirmed data breaches leverage a weak, default or stolen password.
  • Cyber-attacks caused by compromised employee passwords cost $383,365 on average.
  • 60% of small businesses targeted as victims of a cyber-attack go out of business within six months.
  • Brute Force & Password Spray — Cybercriminals rely on brute force and password spray attacks to assume unauthorized access to a singular account. It’s a password guessing game used to determine account credentials through trial and error. Password sprays involve a multi-account approach, where attacks target a larger volume of accounts. Often, passwords such as “Password1234” will be blocked- but “firstname1234” will not be. Don’t fall victim to weak passwords!
  • Malware — Gaining control to admin accounts within your corporate environment opens a host of opportunities for hackers to access services such as SaaS, PaaS or your virtual machines. The attacker can then launch malicious activities to manipulate or steal data and deploy workloads to your accounts and systems.
  • Cryptojacking — Occurs when a cloud account or machine is compromised to mine forms of online currency referred to as cryptocurrencies. Recently, compromising cloud accounts instead of individual machines has been on the rise. For more insights, reference the following article.
  • Phishing Attacks — Fraudulent communications that appear to be shared from a trustworthy source, usually through email. The end goal is to steal sensitive data such as credit card and login details or to install malware.
  1. Detect and Prevent Attacks. Alerting mechanisms act as the first line of defense to shield against any fraudulent activities detected within customers’ Azure environments.
  2. Enforce Identity and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) A Microsoft best practice, activating MFA adds another fortified barrier for attackers to break through. MFA is the way to go — as it can block over 99.9 percent of account compromise attacks [4].
  3. Set Thresholds for Azure Cost Management. Strict Azure cost management is another Microsoft-recommended practice. Thresholds are set for Azure cost management, then proactive alerts are sent if any unusual activity is identified that may suggest fraudulent behaviors. This is critical considering partners and their end user clients are fully responsible for all cloud consumption spend regardless of validity or fraudulent practice.
  4. Implement Fully Customizable Conditional Access Policies. Pre-packaged with password policies galore, customizable options can be tailored to your specific use case.
  5. Elevate End Customers’ Azure Environment. Achieve security resiliency across Azure cloud environments for your business and your SMB clients.
  1. Cybersecurity CEO: The History Of Cybercrime, From 1834 To Present (
  2. Check Point Research: Cyber Attacks Increased 50% Year over Year — Check Point Software
  3. New CyberCatch Research Discovers Alarming Increase in Cyber Vulnerabilities for Small and Medium Sized Businesses in US and Canada (
  4. One simple action you can take to prevent 99.9 percent of attacks on your accounts (



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