Active Directory, simply called AD, is a directory service running on the Microsoft Windows Server. Its main function is to allow administrators to manage control access and permission to resources in a network.
In AD, all of the data are stored as objects, which include users, applications, groups, and devices. These objects are then categorized based on their name and attributes.
A core component of Active Directory is Domain Services (AD DS). AD DS provides the main mechanism to authenticate users and determine which resources in the network they’re allowed to access. AD DS is also responsible for providing extra features such as security certificates, Single Sign-On (SSO), access rights management, and LDAP.
How Active Directory Works
The primary Active Directory service is the Active Directory Domain Service, and is part of the Windows Server operating system. The servers that run AD DS are known as domain controllers (DCs). Most organizations have several DCs, with each one having a copy of the directory of their entire domain.
Any changes that are made to the directory in one DC (such as user account updates) are copied to the other controllers, allowing all to stay updated.
Meanwhile, a Global Catalog server is a DC that keeps a full copy of all objects within the directory of its domain and some copy of all objects and all domains within the network. This action allows users and apps to find objects within any domain of their network.
Importance of Active Directory Security
Cybercriminals nowadays are targeting AD by performing reconnaissance to spot users, computers, and servers within an enterprise network. With this information, these hackers can move laterally to perform multistage cyber-attacks in order to access and exploit the resources and data of an organization.
Historically speaking, physical and network infrastructure layers have been updated in terms of security but the security for AD has lagged. The access that companies grant to their users is the same data that hackers abuse, steal, and exploit.
Although users are far more security-savvy nowadays, cybercriminals are also improving their phishing tactics. They have been known to employ artificial intelligence and use stolen personally identifiable information to trap users. These attackers do all of these things to get their hands on Active Directory credentials.
IDSync AD-to-AD Identity Synchronizer Software
At IDSync, we provide an Identity Synchronizer Active Directory to Active Directory platform that allows a MSPs & IT service providers to link its on-premise Active Directory to that of customers for the purpose of provisioning and synchronizing user credentials.
The platform allows them to solve their password-sharing problems, overly broad “rights” for IT personnel, and support user enablement/disablement for the customer’s Active Directory.
The AD-to-AD Identity Synchronizer software is automated, allowing enterprises to reduce IT technical efforts since it automates the process of updating several ADs at the same time. This also helps lower IT expenditure by reducing the technical expertise needed to manage client infrastructure.
Finally, the platform can improve security and minimizes risk profiles for both the Active Directory service provider and their customer.
Elevate Your Identity Access Management to the Next Level with IDSync
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