Monitoring for unusual activity, hardening access privileges and regularly testing backups are among the top strategies to mitigate cyber threats targeting the active directory (AD) of an organization.
Given that approximately 90% of the world’s enterprises use Active Directory (AD) as their primary authentication and authorization platform for organizations running Windows, it is no surprise that AD is a key target for cybercriminals.
With the proliferation of ransomware attacks, every business feels the pressure—and often a sense of futility—in defending against cybercriminals. But companies can regain control by focusing on one of the most common attack vectors: Active Directory.
Removing passwords is a solid goal as they are fraught with vulnerability issues – reuse, common construction patterns and the almighty leaked password problem. These are the three reasons why most organizations are not ready to abandon on-premises Active Directory and move towards a cloud-only model.
Establishing operational resilience in the face of cyberattacks has become a top priority for organizations. As a core component of the IT infrastructure, Active Directory (AD) must be at the center of that process. But who is responsible for ensuring Active Directory is both protected and can be recovered quickly when a cyberattack occurs? In many organizations the answer is not clear, which can lead to missteps in detecting, defending against, and responding to cyberattacks.
Despite the heavy reliance on the 20-year-old technology, Active Directory, cybersecurity efforts seem to continuously overlook this obvious and frequent target, which only puts organizations at further risk. Despite cybersecurity advances, Active Directory is still one part of an organization’s environment that gets the least cybersecurity attention. While most security programs have a SIEM solution monitoring logs for anything out of the norm, this is simply not enough.