AD management together with AD audit is the very core of good cyber hygiene. But how do we secure a real-time effective auditing of our AD?
Managing AD objects like user accounts, access rights, devices and logon activity is the very core of good cyber hygiene. So is the auditing of them. Some of the challenges AD administrators face when monitoring and auditing the AD is not having a full, real-time overview of activity so that they are able to detect and prevent cyber-attacks and stay compliant with industry standards. Some of the challenges might be:
- Lack of real-time user activity and data makes it difficult to detect and assess the reason behind suspicious activity. Multiple failed logon attempts can e.g. be caused by hackers trying to access an account.
- Lack of real-time data and monitoring of the AD leaves little time for AD administrators to act before it is too late. An AD audit system with alarms will notify AD administrators instantly when suspicious activity is detected to mitigate and 'fix' the hole immediately.
- Lack of easy-to-extract aggregated data and documentation makes it difficult to comply with industry standards. Without a current assessment of the status-quo level of compliancy, it is difficult to detect where and how to take action.
- The number of every day ADsecurity events are staggering. How do you distinguish between events that are high risk and low risk, so you can focus on what is important?