Security Misconfiguration definition in Cybersecurity

Security misconfiguration happens when security settings are defined, implemented, and maintained as defaults, or are not securely configured, often leading to vulnerable endpoints or services.

Notable Incidents

  1. Verizon's data leak in 2017 due to misconfigured AWS S3 buckets.
  2. MongoDB databases being held for ransom due to misconfigured network access and authentication settings.

How to Protect Your Network against Security Misconfiguration

  1. Regularly review and audit security settings and configurations.
  2. Follow the principle of least privilege and disable unnecessary services.