Securing Active Directory

Gupta Bless
5 min readOct 1, 2023
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It is necessary to implement the AD with security best practices, and doing so is beneficial in controlling the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the organization’s assets, which include data. As we did in the last blog, in which we described the significance of active directory, we are going to do the same thing in this one, although instead of explaining the significance of active directory, we are going to discuss some best practices that are very beneficial in its implementation. These best practices will be beneficial in setting up things in the proper ways for an organization that follows them in the right way and does so in the correct manner. Let’s get into further depth about them.

Use of secure and strong authentication

The word “authentication” refers to the procedure through which an application determines whose user, service, or entity is allowed to access it. Consequently, authenticating users is a cornerstone of cyber security. Organizations risk allowing illegal access if they don’t use robust and secure authentication systems. Organizations that value security should enforce stringent policies on passwords, such as requiring a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, symbols, a password expiration date, and the prohibition of the use of personally identifying information in passwords.

Organizations should use MFA for user accounts as a secure authentication technique. This will provide a new level of security to the process. Any medium, such as email, text, or an RSA token that expires after a single usage or after a certain amount of time has passed, can be used for this purpose. Users must enter both their password and the MFA code into their AD accounts at each login.

Use of RBAC/Role based Access Control

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RBAC is crucial in AD architecture because it allows for more streamlined and organized user management and the assignment of permissions, systems, and data. The head of a department has the authority to grant or revoke permission for employees, as well as to create new jobs and define existing ones. Not only are permissions…

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Gupta Bless

Security enthusiast working to secure web for others.