The top five ways to relieve the pain of managing hybrid AD environments

Active Directory is everywhere and Azure Active Directory (AAD), its cloud-based cousin, is quickly gaining ground. Currently, nearly ninety percent of organizations worldwide are using Active Directory (AD) for on-premises resources (aka on-prem). That represents 500 million organizations and somewhere around 10 billion daily authentications. In fact, in the world of identity and access management (IAM), AD has become unavoidable and absolutely necessary for on-prem user authentication and authorization. You have to go through AD. It’s just how it’s done. Now, mix in the cloud – and Azure AD– and your management complexity just skyrocketed – and you could be in for a world of pain, if your on-prem or cloud identity environments are not managed and synched properly.

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The 12 Essential Tasks of Active Directory

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) administration and management includes 12 major tasks. These tasks cover a wide breadth of business needs and are not all performed solely by AD DS administrators. In fact, administrators can and should delegate several tasks to other members of their technical community, technicians, help desk personnel, even users such as team managers and administrative assistants. While delegation is a way to reduce the amount of work administrators have to do when managing AD DS infrastructures, it really only addresses one or two of the 12 tasks, for example, user and group administration as well as end point device administration. The other ten tasks can be staggering in nature — security, networked service administration, OU-Specific Management, Group Policy Object management and many more — and because of this can take up inordinate amounts of time. You can rely on Microsoft’s built-in tools to reduce some of this workload, but are the native tools enough? Perhaps it’s time to reduce AD DS administration overhead by automating most tasks and tightening internal security. Address this by first, determining what the twelve essential labors of Active Directory are and then, see how you can reduce AD DS workloads through the implementation of proper management and administration tools.

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Security Starts Here – Active Directory Account Lifecycle Management

How many of us, in our quest to be secure, feel like Emmet in 2014’s The Lego Movie? We see these incredible identity governance and administration (IGA) and privileged access management (PAM) projects that our ‘master builder’ peers seem to be succeeding with and we feel entirely inadequate. They execute powerful programs that appear to deliver full, enterprise-wide identity administration and associated governance. They seem to achieve privileged access management with full coverage and rich functionality. And, they claim to succeed in a world that is entirely unrelated to the real world we live in.

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Maintaining Business Momentum in the Face of Forced Change

The challenges with managing accounts in Active Directory (AD) and Azure AD are many and varied. With the frantic pace of today’s business world, organizations struggle to keep up with requests to create, change and remove access to their on-premises AD. This scenario becomes even more complicated when you mix in a hybrid AD environment.

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10 steps to cleaning up Active Directory

AD security is crucial to controlling risk and ensuring compliance Active Directory (AD) is the foundation of identity and access management (IAM) at most organizations and, as such, is probably the most crucial technology on the network. More and more systems and applications depend on AD and Azure Active Directory (AAD) for authentication, policy, entitlements, and configuration management. If AD is insecure, everything is insecure.

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Actionable Guidance for Succeeding in Enterprise-Class Privileged Access Management

According to EMA primary research, 79% of organizations consider privileged access management (PAM) to be very important or critical to their business operations. However, 76% of organizations experience significant privileged access policy violations each year, exposing the most sensitive business information and IT resources to extreme risks of exposure.

To assist organizations with identifying and deploying strategic improvements to PAM practices and solutions, EMA has developed an evaluation guide for achieving optimal PAM implementations. Join Steve Brasen, EMA Research Director, and Paul Lanzi, COO and Co-Founder of Remediant, to discover key elements of this guide.

Attendees will attain actionable guidance on how to advance their PAM implementations regardless of where they are currently in their security management journey.

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Learn Five Reasons to Invest in Next-Gen Privileged Access Management

Privileged Access Management (PAM) is one of the most important areas of risk management and security in any organization. Changing business practices, agile software development and digital transformation has meant that PAM solutions need an enhanced set of features to reduce the risk of privileged accounts being hijacked in this more challenging operating environment.

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Strategies for successfully managing privileged accounts

One of the most important aspects of an identity and access management (IAM) program is the securing, management and governance of the accounts belonging to superusers — privileged accounts. Like the accounts used by regular users, these superuser accounts require access management – ensuring that admins have the access they need to do their job — and governance – ensuring that there is oversight and control over that access, often for the purpose of compliance. Unfortunately, privileged accounts have some unique idiosyncrasies that make both access management and governance difficult or impossible with traditional PAM methods. To learn how to deal with those unique characteristics and manage your privileged accounts successfully, assume that the ideal PAM program addresses the broadest range of privileged accounts and elevated-access users. That’s where the problems start for most organizations.

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KuppingerCole Whitepaper: Enhance Privileged Access Management Solutions

Before there were privileged access management (PAM) solutions, it seemed that everyone was given access to privileged accounts with little regard for who had access, when they had access and what they did with that access. As security breaches started to rise and compliance regulations were written, it was obvious that manual processes and home-grown approaches to privileged access management solutions weren’t enough. Why make the investment to next-gen PAM? After we briefly cover the history of first-gen and next-gen PAM solutions, we will give you five reasons to consider purchasing next-gen PAM solutions. At minimum, we think you’ll be intrigued and, at best, convinced you need to procure next-gen for your organization.

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Get ahead of your next security breach – 5 Steps to mitigate the risks of privileged accounts

Privileged accounts are a necessity in any enterprise IT environment, since they enable administrators to manage the environment. But as news reports constantly remind us, granting privileged access increases the risk of a security breach, no matter what industry your organization represents. However, your organization does not have to become the next statistic. By taking the five concrete steps outlined in this paper, you can help protect your organization from the risks inherent in privileged accounts.

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Security Automation 101: Change Management and the Complexity Gap

64% of businesses still use manual change management processes despite high volumes of change requests

Manual change processes create far too many opportunities for mistakes and misconfigurations. They also burden overworked staff who should be doing higher-value projects.

This eBook shows you how security automation takes the drudge work off your staff, enables faster responses to change requests, and improves visibility throughout your hybrid cloud, by:

  • Enabling orchestration across hybrid network environments.
  • Eliminating vulnerabilities and reducing the complexity gap.
  • Empowering DevOps and DevSecOps with security capabilities.

Don’t wait—download our eBook Security Automation 101: Change Management and the Complexity Gap today.

*Source: FireMon 2018 State of the Firewall Report.

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2020 State of Hybrid Cloud Security

This infographic summarizes the annual 2020 State of Hybrid Cloud Security report which dives into how the proliferation of cloud environments is impacting enterprises and their ability to scale and protect them.

Get the insider perspective on the problems hybrid cloud environments are creating for enterprise IT and security teams.

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Don’t Let Misconfigurations Leave A Hole In Your Firewall

Your Complete Guide to Network Self-Destruction

The vast majority of security issues that lead to breaches result from human error, something you have probably experienced already—especially if you are embracing the cloud. And according to Gartner, it’s going to be that way for a while.

“Through 2023, at least 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.”*

But it’s not all bad news!

FireMon Automation can help automate your security processes to reduce manual tasks that invite missteps and snafus.

In the meantime, find out the common errors you should keep an eye out for. Our one-page cheat sheet gives you a quick snapshot of the biggest security misconfigurations organizations make that cause data breaches.

It’s a must-read for anyone tasked with increasing security in their company.

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*Gartner, Technology Insight for Network Security Policy Management, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, John Watts, February 21, 2019.

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