7 things you should look for SharePoint Security Audits

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Published on 16 Aug.

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    Nowadays tools like SharePoint and Office 365 allows the user to create their own sites and content repositories almost everyone carries a tablet or smartphone at work. These tools make it easy for end users to poke holes in an organization’s well thought out security policies without too much effort.
    In this article, we will look at seven important points about SharePoint security audits. Follow these and your SharePoint security will all the better for it!

    7 things you should look for SharePoint Security Audits

    SharePoint is secure by default. It’s what we do it that turns it unsecured in most situations and when someone may access what they are not supposed to. Here are seven things you should look for SharePoint Security Audits.

    Determine who is taking what action with the contents of a site collection

    Who viewed the documents, modified them or deleted them as well as looking at the edits to your content types and columns?
    We use Share Point as a platform to build what we need for our organization and then place important content within it. So it’s important to keep track and audit what’s going on it there.

    Check permission for a user

    Checking permissions for a user or a group can be very useful, especially if you suspect a security breach or if you just want to copy permissions and verify access before. For this, You need to be able to specify a specific user/group to manage your user permission.

    Protect external entity points via firewall rules

    Protect the SharePoint from any possible and unwanted external connections. Only open the ports necessary for your visitors or SharePoint services if connected with the cloud in a hybrid scenario.

    Be careful who you give permissions to

    Not everybody in an organization should be granted the role of ‘Site Collection Administrator’. A part of a SharePoint implementation plan should be dedicated to security: which user groups of the organization are granted which permissions?
    Be careful with whom you grant Site Owner or Site Collection administrator roles because it gives a lot of responsibility. For this, you need to regularly review and audit the state of play.

    Spot SharePoint Permission changes

    Spot SharePoint permission changes to keep your sensitive secure. Permission changes can be an indication of external or internal attackers attempting to exfiltrate sensitive data. Therefore, ongoing tracking of SharePoint permission changes is crucial to minimizing the risk of data leaks and compliance violation.

    Protect your content with IRM (Information Rights Management)

    IRM allows individuals to put a customized digital envelope around content. This helps prevent sensitive information from being printed, forwarded, or copied by unauthorized people. After permission for a document has been restricted by using IRM, the access and usage restrictions are enforced no matter where the document is located because the permissions are stored in the document itself. We call this, “persistent security”.

    Ask your employee to secure their personal mobile devices

    For companies with workers who use free Wi-Fi hotspot services, the stakes are high. While losing a personal social networking login may be inconvenient, people logging on to enterprise systems may be giving hackers access to an entire corporate database. For this, a customized organization should provide mobility and security awareness programs in place, it can keep users happy and your network secure.

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