Today, Active Directory is still the cornerstone of most networking infrastructure environments. In Hybrid Identity environments, where on-premises Active Directory is coupled with Azure AD, the reliance on Active Directory is enormous. In these environments, the answers to the question ‘What if something would happen to Active Directory?’ range from ‘Everything goes down’ to ‘Game … Continue reading "Best Active Directory Monitoring tool"
On February 6th, 2023, I will be presenting a masterclass, together with Raymond Comvalius for IT-University.nl. Dutch Raymond and I will be presenting on a topic that is close to my heart: Active Directory. Active Directory has captivated the hearts of adversaries. Some ransomware gangs just simply lose interest want the device of a potential victim … Continue reading "You're invited to the IT-University Masterclass – Adequately Securing Active Directory"
Microsoft announced the final stage of deprecating Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Server. Deprecating Azure MFA Server Deprecating a crucial element in crucial processes for organizations is not something that Microsoft takes lightly: Since MFA Server 8, released on April 10, 2018. MFA registrations for the Authenticator app flow through the Azure MFA infrastructure instead of … Continue reading "Existing Azure MFA Server deployments stop working starting September 30, 2024"
Microsoft Defender for Identity helps Active Directory admins defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) targeting their Active Directory Domain Services infrastructures. Microsoft Defender for Identity was formerly known as Azure Advanced Threat Protection (Azure ATP). Admins at many organizations that onboarded to the Defender for Identity functionality still manage it through the Azure ATP Portal. … Continue reading "The Azure ATP Portal is being decommissioned in February 2023"
When looking at the January 10, 2023, cumulative updates (1B23) for Windows Server today, I noticed two updates that specifically address a Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability and a Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerability in Windows LDAP. These vulnerabilities are specific to Domain Controllers (in the default configuration), so this sparked my interest in these … Continue reading "The January 2023 updates address Two LDAP vulnerabilities affecting Domain Controllers"
When ENow launched COMPASS in 2011, the family of products it entered was commonly referred to as Active Directory monitoring. However, in contrast with other Active Directory monitoring solutions, COMPASS is also a Domain Controller monitoring solution. Many of the other Active Directory monitoring solutions on this common list of best Active Directory Monitoring solutions … Continue reading "You can only get Active Directory Monitoring right if you do Domain Controller Monitoring, too"
Microsoft Defender for Identity helps Active Directory admins defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) targeting their Active Directory Domain Services infrastructures. It is a cloud-based service, where agents on Domain Controllers provide signals to Microsoft's Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to detect and report on attacks. Its dashboard allows Active Directory admins to investigate and remediate … Continue reading "What's New in Microsoft Defender for Identity in December 2022"
Azure Active Directory is Microsoft's Identity Management-as-a-Service solution, offering seamless access, easy collaboration, efficiency in IT processes and improved security and compliance. In its Release Notes for Azure Active Directory, Microsoft communicated the following planned, new and changed functionality for Azure Active Directory for December 2022: What's Planned ADAL End of Support Service category: Other Product … Continue reading "What's New in Azure Active Directory for December 2022"
Even though Microsoft’s Identity focus moves towards the cloud, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022 still receive updates to improve the experiences and security of Microsoft’s on-premises powerhouses. This is the list of Identity-related updates and fixes we saw for December 2022: Windows Server 2016 We observed the following update … Continue reading "On-premises Identity-related updates and fixes for December 2022"