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Identity and access management (IAM) is an essential framework for cybersecurity and compliance as it defines user identities and privileges within an organization. Active Directory (AD) is synonymous with IAM because it helps organize users, computers, permissions, and more. But owing to the precarious nature of AD, system administrators often manually perform user management actions using native AD tools, PowerShell, and other complex methods. This may lead to data entry errors and improper provisioning of access rights, and even a simple IAM mistake can cause an information security risk and affect an organizationÍs compliance with IT regulations.
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In most scenarios, system administrators grant users the privilege to access critical file servers for specific projects, and then forget to revoke these privileges. With POLP, you can ensure that employees have only the minimal level of access they need to perform their roles. Proper identity security means you can evaluate the legitimacy of access requests from users, grant temporary permissions, and remove them promptly.
Reduce downtime in your organization by salvaging data in the event of a cyberattack, like ransomware. Having a proper backup-and-restore strategy can protect your organization from business disruptions caused by accidental deletions and undesired changes to user identities.
It is essential to identify unauthorized access to critical files and folders well in advance so you can correct mistakes and avoid non-compliance issues. A recommended best practice is to check usersÍ access permissions periodically„including their status, such as their group memberships, as well as the last time they logged in„and to keep an eye out for users whose passwords never expire.
If you don't have information about the permission settings of users, it's only a matter of time before your organization's information is put at risk. Unfortunately, most native tools don't offer the flexibility to obtain granular AD information through reports. Real-time alerts about when a user account, security group, or password is changed are also critical as they can prompt you to take immediate action when faced with a security issue.
Dormant accounts can go unnoticed for a long time, and addressing them is an important part of preventing hackers from gaining unauthorized entry to the company network. Empty groups and inactive user accounts and computers are entry points for hackers looking to gain access to accounts with elevated permissions or to access sensitive files remotely. It's important to remove these accounts from systems as quickly as possible to eliminate potential attacks from aggravated ex-employees or malicious insiders.
However, it can be a challenge for IT organizations to keep tabs on their changing employee base, and there is always a risk of failing to detect and remove these accounts. By automating orphaned account cleanup, youÍre effectively closing the door on ex-employees who may want to access company assets.
Manually creating user accounts in AD and defining access rights for each of them is time-consuming and has the potential to lead to data entry errors, which could then lead to granting improper access rights to users. Automating user provisioning, management, and deprovisioning will free up time for IT administrators, allowing them to address other important tasks. Organizations need the help of updated IAM systems with automation capabilities to give a better user experience to employees and the IT team alike.
Empower your enterprise with a reliable IAM program backed by ADManager Plus to stay ahead of cybersecurity risks. With ADManager Plus, you can manage and report on AD, Exchange, and Microsoft 365 to secure the identity of users, protect sensitive data, and ensure compliance for all customers.
ADManager Plus is an integrated Active Directory management and reporting solution that is packed with capabilities for managing your privileged accounts easily.
Create customizable workflows that help you streamline and monitor AD tasks. With this capability, users can raise requests to access resources, which can be reviewed by a designated authority before the IT admin executes the task.
Create automated, time-bound group permissions so IT admins can assign users to specific groups and revoke their group membership after a specified period.
Access predefined reports on NTFS and share permissions so you can identify the servers and shares in your organization and verify the level of access each individual user or group has for them.
Configure deprovisioning using an automation that identifies dormant objects, removes their privileges, moves them to a different container, and revokes applicable software licenses before removing them.