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Hey InfoSec, What Are You Doing to Protect Your DevOps Teams

2019-06-14 swimlane Josh Rickard
DevOps, serverless applications and containers are just a few of the latest advancements in a developer’s toolbox. For development teams, this means that the time to market (TTM) is faster—especially for Agile teams. So, how and what are security operations teams doing to ensure that security is keeping pace with this rapid development? Most are attempting to incorporate a security engineer within their development teams—which is a great first step—but there are multiple layers that you need to ensure you are protecting your organization beyond your source-code. Continue reading

Swimlane Research Team Open Sources py-ews

2019-05-22 swimlane Josh Rickard
Phishing impacts every organization, and security operations (SecOps) teams need to act quickly to remediate and prevent unknown threats within their email infrastructure. To help combat these threats, the Swimlane research team has open sourced py-ews to enable security and IT teams to interact with Microsoft Exchange Web Services (EWS) using Python. Why py-ews? Organizations continue to battle against malicious phishing emails in their email environments, but security and IT teams have limited visibility into what currently resides in their users' mailboxes. Continue reading

Automate Employee Off Boarding Process With Swimlane

2019-05-08 swimlane Josh Rickard
As more organizations discontinue internal services and begin adopting an increasing number of third-party *aaS-based services, ensuring the appropriate access is revoked in a timely manner is critical. By using our new employee off-boarding use case, you can automatically gather historical data, add a user to a monitoring watch list, and finally remove access when it is time to off-board an employee. The employee off-boarding use case contains two distinct applications to assist an organization with managing their employee off-boarding process. Continue reading

Microsoft OAuth2 Part3: Using Microsoft Graph API

2019-05-08 swimlane Josh Rickard
In this third and final part of the “Understanding Microsoft’s OAuth2 Implementation” series, we will be using the application that we have previously created to authenticate to the Microsoft Graph API. If you have not done so, please read Part 1 and Part 2 before continuing. Now, let’s start using the Microsoft Graph API using PowerShell Core! Read More

Microsoft OAuth2 Part2: Registering an App

2019-04-18 swimlane Josh Rickard
In my last post, I explained the different API endpoints available for authentication using Microsoft’s OAuth2. Additionally, I shared the different types of applications and their authentication flows. In Part 2, I will discuss how to create and register a new application with a deeper understanding of the permissions needed when interacting with the Microsoft Graph API. Read More

Swimlane Runner Up in Microsoft Graph Security Hackathon

2019-04-02 swimlane Josh Rickard
Within a few weeks of starting at Swimlane, our CEO Cody Cornell mentioned the Microsoft Graph Security Hackathon — put on by the Microsoft Graph Security team and DevPost. After assembling a team and a lot of hard work, we were notified yesterday that our submission earned runner up! We were extremely excited to participate in this unique event as we were about to begin our development of our Microsoft Graph Security API bundle, and this would be the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the power of Swimlane. Continue reading

Microsoft's OAuth2 Part 1: Endpoints and Application Types

2019-03-27 swimlane Josh Rickard
As an information security or IT professional, understanding the concepts around Microsoft OAuth 2.0 or OpenID Connect authentication can be daunting. There are thousands of pages of documentation, and if you want to interact with a Microsoft Cloud service—like Microsoft Graph—it can be a minefield of information. In this three-part series, I am going to share with you my insights on Microsoft’s OAuth2 Implementation in hopes that it will help your organization understand and use OAuth2 when using Microsoft cloud-based services. Continue reading
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