If Active Directory security audits are a part of your ongoing IT operations, you’ve likely developed a methodology to evaluate your risks. With the sophistication of cyberattacks growing, you must rely on auditing tools to support your security plan. While there is no single tool or formula that can help you win the battle against cybercrime, your security risks can be distilled into a minority of vulnerabilities creating the majority of problems.
The free Active Directory auditing tool mentioned below addresses the security vulnerability that is present on virtually every network – weak passwords that create a false sense of security.
HOW TO AUDIT ACTIVE DIRECTORY?
Auditing Active Directory is not about ticking a box, or meeting regulatory requirements. It’s about addressing security flaws to improve IT resiliency. Auditing tools and vulnerability scanners are a start, but you have to look past them to analyze the specific risks they create in the context of your network environment.
Ask yourself, what are the top security threats facing your organization? It is a well-known fact that users reuse passwords across different systems. It is also common for applications to require corporate email addresses as the username. The duplication of corporate credentials on external systems is a serious threat facing IT departments.
ACTIVE DIRECTORY PASSWORD AUDIT
Passwords remain the primary way of authenticating users in Active Directory, yet we still can’t stop users from making poor password choices. With many breaches resulting from compromised passwords, accounts using leaked passwords are an entry point for attackers.
By scanning your Active Directory, our password audit tool (free) collects and displays multiple interactive reports containing user and password policy information. This includes checking user account passwords against a list of vulnerable passwords obtained from multiple data breach leaks. By integrating with our password policy software, you can implement any password or account changes the Auditor tool unearths.
ACTIVE DIRECTORY USER AUDIT
Our Active Directory audit tool can be used to identify security weaknesses related to user accounts. The audit can show you which users have administrator privileges, which accounts are inactive, and which accounts have expired passwords. The audit can also help you identify which accounts may be violating your security policy by using the same password across multiple accounts. Surprisingly, this can be common if a Windows administrator is using the same password for the privileged and day-to-day accounts.
FREE ACTIVE DIRECTORY AUDIT TOOL
Our Active Directory Audit Tool is free and runs on Windows Server 2008 and later. Specops Password Auditor will only read information from Active Directory, it will not make any changes. It will read the Default Domain Password Policy, any Fine-Grained Password Policies, as well as any Specops Password Policies (if installed). The audit results are provided in a clickable report, and can be exported to a CSV file for further processing.