Archive for the ‘Active Directory’ Category

People generally think that auditing and monitoring are the same thing and, in some ways, they are. The differences between them are subtle, but important none-the-less. In short, auditing is done by auditors, and it is the auditors responsibility to make use of the available technology to aggregate and present the log data in a way that that can be understood and “monitored” by administrators and managers. While most modern … Read more

In every organization, Active Directory administrators need to be able to produce detailed reports on user access, object modification, privileged user activities and more. The reason for this may be down to external compliance requirements, IT security, litigation purposes or a combination of all three. Depending on the requirement, the urgency of such reports may vary. For example, if you are tracking Active Directory activities in order to maintain network … Read more

Misconfigured Domain Controllers (DCs) present a major security risk for Active Directory. To ensure that your Domain Controllers are configured correctly, you will need to closely review the default Domain Controller Policies, create Domain Controller GPOs (Group Policy Objects) and configure Group Policy Settings. Your policy will need to include patching and protecting Domain Controllers, and include an effective DC auditing strategy for monitoring and reporting changes to event logs. … Read more

Attackers are persistent in their pursuit to compromise Active Directory services due to their role in authorising access to critical and confidential data. As organisations expand, their infrastructure becomes increasingly more complex, which makes them a lot more vulnerable to attack as it is harder to keep track of important system changes, events and permissions. It’s also becomes a lot harder for organisations to determine where their sensitive data is … Read more

The overall cost to the UK economy from cyber-crime alone is well over £20 billion, and businesses are the ones that feel the effects the most. Every year we see stories of network attacks, yet it appears that many businesses are still not taking steps to mitigate the risks. Surveys suggest that most companies that face a significant security breach go out of business within a year. The average cost … Read more

The Active Directory is one of the most important security mechanisms for any Windows network. The Active Directory contains everything from user accounts and password policies, to group policy settings. As such, most organizations put considerable effort into determining which Active Directory settings will best meet the organization’s security requirements. Even so, all of this careful planning can be undone by configuration drift. Configuration drift happens when changes gradually occur … Read more

For organizations that use Windows Server, nearly all authentication and access control related tasks are tied to the Active Directory. Additionally, application configuration information is also sometimes stored in the Active Directory. Given everything that the Active Directory does, it would not be a stretch to think of the Active Directory as being the glue that ties all of an organization’s IT resources together. Because the Active Directory is such … Read more

In view of the rapidly increasing security risks IT enterprises are facing, securing the Active Directory from privilege misuse and abuse has become a global concern. Domain administrator rights are often granted to Active Directory users with to allow them to accomplish various tasks inside or outside of the network. However, giving large numbers of users privileged access can be problematic – occasionally leading to privilege abuse in the form … Read more

Domain, Schema and Enterprise administrators hold the keys to your Active Directory (AD) kingdom, but it’s not uncommon to find organizations routinely issuing new IT hires with domain administrator privileges to expedite access for support purposes, or at best a proliferation of privileged accounts lying dormant and unaudited, giving attackers a potential way in to your systems. If it’s a revelation that domain administrator privileges aren’t required to add, delete, … Read more

In 2016, a lot of emphasis was put on organizations protecting themselves against external security threats – especially in the light of high profile security breaches, including the FBI and World Anti-Doping Agency. However, most enterprise security executives in 2016 experienced a higher amount of attempted theft or corruption of data from internal sources rather than external ones. With this in mind, don’t repeat the same mistakes in 2017 that … Read more

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