Why do you need to improve the efficiency and security of your hybrid AD?

Almost all organizations use at least one product from the Microsoft ecosystem to manage a part of their infrastructure: Active Directory (AD) for managing user identities, Exchange for email needs, or Sharepoint for content storage and management. As cyberattacks rise exponentially, securing these elements of your IT infrastructure is crucial for preventing data breaches. Even a single unsecured, orphaned, or incorrectly configured account can lead to a major security incident.

To mitigate this risk, you need to implement solutions that can help you manage and secure your Microsoft enterprise applications. ManageEngine offers a host of solutions that can help you securely manage identities right from creation to deletion, audit all changes happening within your network, and enforce stringent password policies and MFA to ensure your organizational data remains secure.

What are the top hybrid AD management
and security challenges and how do you solve them?

Automating identity lifecycle management

It's critical to ensure user identities are properly created, modified, and disabled as needed, right from the moment employees join the company to the moment they leave. New employees are usually given limited access to systems. However, as they get promoted or change departments, their access permissions are changed to reflect their new job function. When they finally leave the firm, their mailbox data must be exported and their account must be disabled.

All of this can be achieved with native tools. However, they lack certain features like bulk user provisioning and automation. With thousands of identities to manage, the lack of these features can make this process tedious and error-prone.

ManageEngine's AD management solution allows you to automate your entire identity lifecycle management process. Our solutions integrate with your human capital management (HCM) applications, allowing you to automate this process. When new employees' details are added in the HCM system, our tools can automatically create users accounts with the required access permissions. Any change to their role in the HCM automatically triggers the necessary changes—be it modifying user access permissions or backing-up and disabling a former employee's account.

Detecting and mitigating threats

The increased shift towards remote and hybrid working conditions has made securing organization networks more complex. As the organization's attack surface increases, administrators need some way to ensure that users are who they say they are and protect their workforce against credential-based attacks. In a typical organization, huge volumes of logs are generated on a regular basis. This makes sifting through logs manually to detect potential threats a near-impossible task. This is where identity analytics tools can come in handy.

ManageEngine's AD auditing solution can analyze logs across your AD and deliver reports straight to your administrator's mailbox. Our solutions can analyze and create a baseline for normal employee activities and alert administrators instantly when they act in an unusual manner. This includes logging in at unusual times or new locations, trying to access assets they don't normally use, and more. This can help you detect internal threats and compromised accounts.

Protecting users from identity theft

Today's enterprises need to manage access privileges for users across multiple applications and locations. Meanwhile, credential-based attacks continue to be a common attack vector for data breaches. Implementing MFA adds an additional layer of security, helping reduce the risk of credential-based attacks.

With ManageEngine's AD solutions, administrators can enable MFA across their network—for VPN, OWA, and machines.

They can also require employees trying to access organizational resources from outside the network perimeter to verify their identities with additional modes of authentication, ensuring an added layer of security. Administrators can also enforce stringent password policies and exclude commonly used passwords and patterns.

Complying with government and industrial regulations

Failure to comply with governmental and industrial regulations can result in huge fines and loss of reputation for organizations. Depending on the environment and the criticality of the data, each compliance regulation requires organizations to satisfy multiple requirements.

To ensure ease of reporting, ManageEngine’s AD auditing solution comes with a host of pre-defined compliance reports.

The solution allows you to generate compliance reports for HIPAA, PCI-DSS, SOX, the GDPR, CCPA, FISMA, and more, as well as create custom reports for any unique compliance requirements. You can also configure compliance reports to be generated and sent to specific email addresses every quarter or year to stay ahead of your compliance audits.

Implementing just enough administration (JEA)

One of the first rules for best practices in IT management is to reduce the number of privileged accounts in the enterprise network. A large number of privileged accounts is a ticking time-bomb waiting to be set off by a threat actor.

ManageEngine’s AD management solutions allow you to efficiently delegate non-admin users to perform minor management tasks without elevating their native AD privileges.

Any changes made by the non-admin users have to be approved by the administrator before they can take effect. This allows you to keep the number of privileged accounts to a minimum while also making sure you’re free to concentrate on more pressing tasks.

Automating threat response

IT administrators are responsible for managing users' access to web applications and sensitive business data without inhibiting business agility and user experience. With remote working being the norm today, IT administrators have to manage user identities and accesses across multiple platforms and beyond the traditional network perimeters.

ManageEngine's AD solutions allow administrators to configure threshold-based alerts for all activities carried out in your AD.

This includes all user activities, file server activities, print server activities, permission change activities, and more. They also enable them to automate threat response by executing scripts to disable the user account or shut down the machine when a high volume of suspicious activities are recorded for a single account or device.

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