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Securing SharePoint: SharePoint security best practices
This article is part of the July/August 2012 issue of Information Security magazine
With a Google search and one minute of running one of his SharePoint hacking tools, it doesn’t take long for security researcher Fran Brown to find exposed SharePoint administrative interfaces for a state health and human services department. The exposure – which could allow an attacker to add users and change information -- is far from unusual. Brown, managing partner at security consulting firm Stach & Liu, finds this sort of stuff all the time. “I’m surprised at just how much SharePoint is out there and how much is vulnerable,” he says. Editor's Note Microsoft’s SharePoint application has become a ubiquitous collaboration tool in the enterprise but securing it can be a tricky process. And all too often, companies fail to properly secure their SharePoint deployments, security experts say. In fact, a survey of SharePoint users released earlier this year by European security vendor Cryptzone showed that lax security practices were rampant among those polled. In this special report, we examine some of the issues surrounding ...
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