DJ Stringer Property Services manages the sale and rental of residential and commercial property in Australia’s Gold Coast. In the last 12 months, the company’s 30 employees have sold more than AUD100 million worth of property, and they currently manage over 1,100 properties. Despite its size, the amount of money DJ Stringer handles each year makes it a viable target for online security threats.
Frequent transfers of large sums of money make real estate companies particularly lucrative targets for malicious actors. The down payment on a commercial building, for instance, can be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Attackers target employees responsible for transferring these funds, often going to great lengths to breach security and redirect the payments into the wrong account.
Tammy Stringer, Office Manager at DJ Stringer, saw the writing on the wall early. “We became aware of a number of breaches at other local businesses that matched our profile,” says Stringer. “We wanted to act preemptively, so we reached out to our technology partners at Gold Coast IT Support.” Working together, the two companies decided to deploy Microsoft 365, which brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
To enhance the safeguards surrounding its employee IDs, DJ Stringer turned to the security features in Enterprise Mobility + Security. Deploying Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), the company granted employees seamless, more secure access to all of its apps, whether they are a native part of the Microsoft landscape or not. Before granting a user access to a given file, Azure AD checks the attempt against multiple aspects of a user’s identity, including their permissions, location, and the device used. When one of these factors is out of alignment, DJ Stringer can use conditional access to deny the login attempt.