Passwords are the most targeted attack vectors for gaining access to critical enterprise resources. An organization's IT admins must ensure that stringent password policies are enforced to avoid dire consequences. While healthy password practices are evolving and improving, hacker strategies to break them are increasing as well. It is high time to adopt the proper tools to survive these cyberthreats.
ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus provides multiple ways to identify and prevent credential-based attacks. In this article, we explain how to prevent brute-force attacks. Brute-force is a mostly automated trial-and-error attack method to identify user passwords. Attackers or bots test password after password from a dictionary or list attempting to to exploit the correct password for a username.
ADSelfService Plus, an identity security solution, can aid in brute-force attack identification and prevention!
ADSelfService Plus enables you to proactively take actions that help prevent brute-force attacks on your users' Active Directory domain credentials.
ADSelfService Plus' Identity Verification Failures Audit Report helps you identity brute-force attacks by providing details on the login attempts of users. You can evaluate the failed login attempts to obtain more details, such as time of failure, and device used to authenticate.
ADSelfService Plus offers protection against brute-force attacks aimed at AD domain accounts via additional layers of authentication using methods such as biometrics, YubiKey authenticator, and OTP. This prevents attackers who have cracked an user's AD password from penetrating into the enterprise network. The MFA feature can be used to secure logins into machines (Windows, macOS, Linux), VPNs, and enterprise applications via SSO.
With ADSelfService Plus' conditional access feature, IT admins can set predefined conditions based on risk factors such as IP address, device used, time of access, and geolocation. Based on whether the conditions are met or not, authentication can be made more stringent or lenient. Any out-of-the-ordinary access attempts, including brute-force attacks, can also be blocked.
Enabling CAPTCHA is the most common way to prevent an automated brute-force attack. ADSelfService Plus allows you to enable image and audio CAPTCHA. As an added advantage, you can also configure when and where the CAPTCHA must be used.
This is another effective method to prevent brute-force attacks as, without passwords, attackers have no point of access into the network. ADSelfService Plus offers passwordless authentication for access to enterprise applications such as Salesforce, Google Workspace, and Microsoft 365.
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