Adding IPv6 support to Azure Active Directory – March 7

Adding IPv6 support to Azure Active


We’re excited to bring IPv6 support
to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to support customers with increased
mobility and help reduce spending on fast-depleting expensive IPv4 addresses.
The meeting is targeted to all IT Professionals.


  • Why
    are we introducing IPv6?
  • Rollout
  • What
    is the impact?
  • Steps
    to take before the enablement.


Kunal Ghosh, Senior Product Manager, Identity

Lisa Huang-North, Senior Product Manager, Identity

Gautam Anand, Senior Product Manager, Identity


Go here to register 

Protecting your small business with Microsoft Free Session


businesses are known for their agility and adaptability. Just as small
businesses must evolve with changing technology, it is important to
recognize changing landscape in cybersecurity.
Cyberattacks are increasingly targeting small businesses because they
typically do not have the same infrastructure as a large organization. But
what if your business could have a more comprehensive cybersecurity
strategy to combat the sophistication of evolving cyberthreats?
Join the experts at Maureen Data Systems and Microsoft for a live session
to learn how to protect your business with a more secure and cost-efficient
solution. Our experts will discuss:

  • How to promote secure collaboration and efficiency
    in hybrid work
  • How to enable a Zero-Trust strategy that can reduce
    the total cost of ownership across devices
  • How to protect customer and user data


March 7, 2023
11:00 AM Pacific
Time / 2:00 PM Eastern Time

To register go here

2022 in review: DDoS attack trends and insights a Microsoft article

As organizations
strengthen their defenses and take a more proactive approach to
protection, attackers are adapting their techniques
and increasing the sophistication of their operations. Cybercrime continues to
rise with the industrialization of the cybercrime economy providing
cybercriminals with greater access to tools and infrastructure.

In the first half of
2022, the cyberthreat landscape was focused around the war in Ukraine and the
rise of nation state attacks and hacktivism across the world. In February,
Ukraine was hit with the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ever
in the country’s history, impacting government websites and banking web
services. As the conflict continued, there was a ripple effect to western
countries, including the UK, US, and Germany. UK financial services firms
experienced a significant increase in DDoS attacks as
they were heavily targeted by nation state attackers and hacktivists looking to
disrupt Ukraine’s allies.

Hacktivism continued
to be rampant throughout the year, including Taiwanese websites experiencing outages
in August 2022 due to DDoS attacks ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s arrival
in Taiwan. Beyond attacks with political motives, DDoS attacks also impacted a
wide range of industries. In particular, the gaming industry continued to be
highly targeted. In March 2022, a DDoS attack brought down the game servers
of Among Us, preventing players from accessing the popular multiplayer game for
a few days. A new version of RapperBot (heavily
inspired by the Mirai botnet) was used in the second half of 2022 to target
game servers running Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

In this blog, we
share trends and insights into DDoS attacks we observed and mitigated
throughout 2022.

2022 DDoS attack

Large volume of
attacks during the holiday season

In 2022, Microsoft
mitigated an average of 1,435 attacks per day. The maximum number of attacks in
a day recorded was 2,215 attacks on September 22, 2022. The minimum number of
attacks in a day was 680 on August 22, 2022. In total, we mitigated upwards of
520,000 unique attacks against our global infrastructure during 2022.

Figure 1. Attack

This year, we saw a
lower volume of attacks in June through August and a high volume of attacks
during the holiday season until the last week of December. This is in line with
attacks trends we have seen in the last few years, except for 2021 where there
were fewer attacks during the holiday season. In
May, we mitigated a 3.25 terabits per second (TBps) attack in Azure, the
largest attack in 2022.

DDoS protection tip: Make sure to
avoid having a single virtual machine backend so it is less likely to get
Azure DDoS Protection covers
scaled out costs incurred for all resources during an attack, so configure
autoscaling to absorb the initial burst of attack traffic while mitigation
kicks in.

TCP attacks remain
the most common attack vector

TCP attacks were the
most frequent form of DDoS attack encountered in 2022, comprising 63% of all
attack traffic, which includes all TCP attack vectors: TCP SYN, TCP ACK, TCP
floods, etc. Since TCP remains the most common networking protocol, we expect
TCP-based attacks to continue to make up most DDoS attacks. UDP attacks were
significant as well with 22% of all attacks (combined for UDP flood and UDP
amplification attacks), while Packet anomaly attacks made up 15% of attacks.

Figure 2. Attack type

Out of UDP flood
attacks, spoofed floods consumed most of the attack volume with 53%. The
remaining attack vectors were reflected amplification attacks, with the main
types being CLDAP, NTP, and DNS.

We observed TCP reflected amplification attacks becoming
more prevalent, with attacks on Azure resources using diverse types of
reflectors and attack vectors. This new attack vector is taking advantage of
improper TCK stack implementation in middleboxes, such as firewalls and deep
packet inspection devices, to elicit amplified responses that can reach
infinite amplification in some cases. As an example, in April 2022, we
monitored a reflected amplified SYN+ACK attack on an Azure resource in Asia.
The attack reached 30 million packets per second (pps) and lasted 15 seconds.
Attack throughput was not very high, however there were 900 reflectors
involved, each with retransmissions, resulting in high pps rate that can bring
down the host and other network infrastructure.

DDoS protection
protect against UDP and TCP attacks, we recommend using Azure DDoS Protection.
For gaming customers, consider using 
A10 virtual appliances and Azure
Gateway Load Balancers to help with volume-based attacks.

Shorter attacks
continue to be 

Figure 3. Attack duration

Shorter duration
attacks were more commonly observed this past year, with 89% of attacks lasting
less than one hour. Attacks spanning one to two minutes made up 26% of the
attacks seen this year. This is not a new trend as attacks that are shorter
require less resources and are more challenging to mitigate for legacy DDoS
defenses. Attackers often use multiple short attacks over the span of multiple
hours to make the most impact while using the fewest number of resources.

Short attacks take
advantage of the time it takes systems to detect the attack and for mitigation
to kick in. While time to mitigation may only take one or two minutes, the
information from those short attacks can make it into the backend of services,
impacting legitimate usage. If a short attack can cause a reboot of the
systems, this can then trigger multiple internal attacks as every legitimate
user tries to reconnect at the same time.

To read the full article go here


You are invited! Microsoft Entra Identity Governance – Streamline Identity Lifecycle & Entitlements


Microsoft Entra Identity Governance –
Streamline Identity Lifecycle & Entitlements

 Please join us for this event,
Microsoft and Invoke would like to partner on a customer-facing webinar on
the topic of Identity Governance.


Join Invoke and the
Microsoft Entra product group for an overview of Identity Governance and how
this Microsoft Cloud solution can help solve business challenges by
streamlining processes, reducing costs, and improving compliance. In this
session, we will align real-world use cases to specific Identity Governance
features including Lifecycle workflows, Entitlement management, Access
reviews, and Privileged identity management. Whether you’re a decision maker
or a technical influencer, this webinar is a must-attend event for anyone
looking to improve their organization’s security and compliance posture.

  March 8, 2023 9:00 -10:00 PST



The 2022 Microsoft Digital Defense Report

Increase your cyber resiliency by acting on new threat intelligence insights from a diverse team of Microsoft security researchers.

As a company with billions of customers around the world, Microsoft has a unique vantage point to understand the scope and scale of digital threats around the globe.

The 2022 Microsoft Digital Defense Report is the culmination of threat intelligence data and insights gathered by a diverse group of Microsoft security professionals over the past year. Download the latest report to:

Learn about the state of cybercrime and the evolving threat landscape.

Explore the latest intel on hacking trends and attack methods that are growing in popularity.

Get data-backed advice on how to improve cyber resiliency and bolster your organization’s security posture.

the 2022 Microsoft Digital Defense Report

Stay compliant with evolving California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations


know protecting your customer and employee data is one of your highest
priorities. Leveraging comprehensive security and privacy compliance
solutions is the best way for organizations to increase data security,
maintain consumer trust, and prevent any costly fines.

the compliance experts at Microsoft and Lighthouse for an upcoming webinar
to learn how to keep up with both the recent updates to the California
Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other pending regulatory changes. You’ll
learn how to quickly assess your current compliance status, prioritize
solving any gaps, and mitigate future risks. Additionally, the experts will

  • Recommendations to ensure your organization adheres
    to CCPA regulations
  • Insights from organizations who are successfully using
    compliance tools
  • Best practices to ensure your organization stays
    ahead of evolving compliance laws

Webinar date:
Thursday, February 16, 2023
11:00 AM Pacific Time / 2:00 PM Eastern Time


Stay ahead of the rapidly changing landscape of the
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)


New Three-Part Webinar Series and Share your Input on Draft NIST SP 800-63-4, Digital Identity Guidelines

 NIST is hosting a new webinar series to gain critical input on Draft NIST
Special Publication 800-63 Revision 4, Digital
Identity Guidelines
. During these three separate virtual
events, NIST moderators will explore different aspects of the guidance with
expert panelists and seek additional input from the public via a moderated
Slack discussion and extended Q&A.

Webinar #1: Digital Identity Risk Management and Assurance Level


This webinar will feature a discussion about digital identity
risks. Panelists will explore the various lenses through which digital identity
can be viewed, the variety and breadth of associated risks, and how those risks
might be considered in organizational, societal, and individual contexts.


Webinar #2: Innovating Identity Proofing


This webinar will focus on the changes NIST has made to identity
proofing guidance and illicit inputs on how the government and industry can
continue to innovate on identity proofing technology and services. Panelists
will discuss leading practices in commercial and public sector use cases,
emerging trends, areas of continued improvement, and techniques that may
provide additional optionality and choice for end users.


Webinar #3: The Future of Authentication


This webinar will focus on the evolving nature of authentication
technology and how organizations and NIST are addressing new innovations in the
space. Panelists will explore phishing resistant authentication, trends in
multifactor authentication, and the challenges with moving on from SMS



High-Performance Computing (HPC) Security: Draft NIST SP 800-223

 NIST is requesting public comments on the initial public draft of
Special Publication (SP) 800-223,
Computing (HPC) Security: Architecture, Threat Analysis, and Security Posture

Executive Order 13702 established the National Strategic Computing
Initiative (NSCI) to maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC)
for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery. Securing HPC systems is
challenging due to their size; performance requirements; diverse and complex
hardware, software, and applications; varying security requirements; the nature
of shared resources; and the continuing evolution of HPC systems.

Draft SP 800-223 provides guidance on standardizing and
facilitating the sharing of HPC security postures by introducing a zone-based
HPC system reference model that captures common features of HPC systems and
serves as a foundation for a system lexicon. The draft also discusses HPC
system threat analysis, security postures, challenges, and recommendations.

The public comment period for this
initial public draft is open through April 7, 2022.
the publication
for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting
comments. Additional information can be found at the NIST HPC Security
Working Group website
. A 3rd High-Performance Computing
will be held March 15-16, 2023; see the event page
for more details and a registration link.

A call for patent claims is included on page ii of this document. For
additional information, see the Information
Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy–Inclusion of Patents in ITL


NIST Selects ‘Lightweight Cryptography’ Algorithms to Protect Small Devices

 Lightweight electronics, meet the heavyweight champion for
protecting your information: Security experts at the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced a victor in their program to
find a worthy defender of data generated by small devices. The winner, a group
of cryptographic algorithms called Ascon, will be published as NIST’s lightweight
cryptography standard later in 2023.

The chosen algorithms are designed to protect information created
and transmitted by the Internet of Things (IoT), including its myriad tiny
sensors and actuators. They are also designed for other miniature technologies
such as implanted medical devices, stress detectors inside roads and bridges,
and keyless entry fobs for vehicles. Devices like these need “lightweight
cryptography” — protection that uses the limited amount of electronic resources
they possess. According to NIST computer scientist Kerry McKay, the newly
selected algorithms should be appropriate for most forms of tiny tech.

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