For many organizations, Active Directory (AD) is the main hub for all authentications and authorizations to an organization’s IT infrastructure. The problem is, it’s become difficult to manage due to many reasons. For example, a migrated directory is inherited from another technology managed by a large number of people with no defined process for day-to-day operations. Unfortunately for those involved in managing AD, cleaning up Active Directory may sound like a novel idea, but the potential to introduce unknown problems into the equation has proven to be a great barrier in beginning the process.
StealthAUDIT offers organizations a variety of reports to clean up their Active Directory environment. Below are 5 steps for streamlining the clean-up of AD:
Use reports to identify and clean up stale users, stale computers, and empty and duplicate groups, keeping track of your progress in de-provisioning workflows.
Know who is in what group, including sensitive groups—and where groups are nested or have broken group membership (circular nesting). Then, report on and remediate these issues.
Discover where groups have access, and what level of access, so you can map Active Directory to the business structure. This process helps you close down open shares and implement least privileged access to better protect your data and resources.
Probable owner reports look at all groups and users assigned to them, calculates the manager of the resource, and gives information about the probable owner with a percent chance. This capability enables you to identify, assign, and involve business data managers so they can provision access.
STEALTHbits’ clean-up workflow automates the process of 1) detecting stale objects, 2) mapping groups to resources, 3) identifying owners responsible for granting data access, and 4) governing and maintaining a clean Active Directory. Like software development, this is a continuous process in which you continually fine-tune your AD.
What are the benefits of StealthAUDIT for Active Directory?
To watch the full webcast, 5 Steps for Cleaning up Active Directory, click here.
To download and install a free Active Directory assessment, click here.
Nate is a Web Marketing Manager at Stealthbits and has worked in the IT Security industry for over 7 years.
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