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How ADAssessor Brings Visibility to AD Attack Surfaces

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Effectively securing and protecting Active Directory (AD) is an undeniable best practice for businesses today. Especially since some 90% of the world’s enterprise organizations are using AD as their primary method for authentication and authorization.

AD’s enormous market share has made it a prime target for attackers. In fact, cyberattacks on AD are so prevalent that Microsoft warns that some 95 million AD accounts are the target of cyberattacks every day.

AD houses a myriad of sensitive information, such as user account information, enterprise resources, ACLs, and so on, making it an extremely attractive target for cybercriminals. Simply put, if an attacker can exploit the information contained within AD, they can do pretty much as they please with an organization, including stealing information, compromising applications, planting malicious software, or even just simply locking every user out of all applications.

It is a threat made even more dramatic by how AD is now used with Azure and Office 365, extending threats to the enterprise beyond just on premise and into the cloud. Making due diligence even more critical for cybersecurity professionals. Basic chores such as regular audits and defining policies to protect AD must become the norm. However, those traditional best practices have been proven to be insufficient, since organizations still fall prey to attacks on AD.

It is a problem best defined by a lack of visibility. In other words, cybersecurity pros lack complete visibility into AD to detect attack surfaces, as well as suspicious objects, or activities. Audits prove only useful as a snapshot of AD’s status at a given time, while activity monitors cannot often lack the ability to detect anomalous actions.

ADAssessor from Attivo Networks aims to bring real-time visibility to AD solving one of the biggest challenges faced by administrators, the ability to fully understand what is happening behind the scenes in AD, discover attack surfaces, and detect active attacks.

Read the full article by Frank J. Ohlhorst on EWeek.

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