There’s no denying that technology is central to modern businesses. Whether you’re engaged in e-commerce, stock trading, or virtual banking, technology generally controls how you do things. One of the main concerns with technological developments is the security of customers. While most companies do the best they can, data breaches are still relatively common.
What many don’t realize is that the management of access to IT resources, software applications and role appropriate information and their dependency on Microsoft Active Directory can have a significant impact on security of data and the firm.
Maintenance of Active Directory (AD) ensures that only those with authorized roles and proper login credentials can gain access to company information. This means that you must constantly monitor the directory for access rights to data and software to prevent anyone from gaining access inappropriate to the current role. This also ensures that when an individual leaves the company, along with their login rights, their access to any internal information is cut-off, severed and their login credentials can no longer be used to gain access to company resources.
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Fewer Weak Spots
An inactive AD user account (also known as a zombie account) is a vulnerability to the firm when it comes to security. Prompt, timely action, disabling or removing any unused or old accounts will close a potential vulnerability and prevent security breaches from occurring through them.
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Concentrated Communities – Security Groups
Creating smaller, more specific AD Groups helps with managing user access to company information. By creating narrow groups, there is more control over who sees what information, while minimizing IT administrative effort. For example, rather than just having a “Dallas office security group, you could create a “Dallas office management group”
This ensures that not only information intended for management is not available to other roles, but because of the smaller group, there are fewer opportunities for breaches. This also ensures that information being changed or deleted is being done by an authorized person.
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Group Policy Advantage
Active Directory allows you to create group policies. This means that you can prevent some, or all, of an office from using external devices such as flash drives. Because such devices are an opportunity for a security breach, removing the ability to use them seals up your defenses, so to speak preventing leakage outside the company via a large capacity data storage device. Group policy also allows you to create mass updates on a group’s computers, so you can install up-to-date security patches quickly and efficiently, thereby preventing malware from interfering or damaging company operations.
IT Contractors & Service Providers
Because IT service providers have a special role in the operation and management of IT infrastructure, their credentials and privileged accounts need special attention in how they are created, maintained and disabled. This is especially true for IT service providers who are managing AD on behalf of their customers.
IDSync Can Help – Connect and Protect
For help with managing this process, enablement and disablement of IT service providers, no one can better help them or you protect Active Directory assets than IDSync. Our experts can help you maintain a process and system that is safe and effective. To get started, or to find out more ways we can help, fill out our online contact form.