Security School

Active Directory Security School

Active Directory Security School Lessons
SET UP/CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT MAINTENANCE AND TESTING

An improperly configured Active Directory can render the rest of your security measures useless. With so much attention being paid to factors like endpoint security and server hardening, it is easy to overlook the directory.

Active Directory is a centralized and standardized system that automates network management of user data, security, and distributed resources, and enables interoperation with other directories. But what happens if it falls under the scope of a clever hacker? How can you prevent them from breaking through your defenses? How can you recover from an attack? Find the answer to these questions and many more in this Active Directory security school.

Active Directory Security School: Lesson 1:
Active Directory security set up and configuration

The best way to survive a malicious attack against your directory is to prevent it altogether. By taking the time to set up AD properly and making sure you are thorough in your migration and deployment plans, you can rest easy. In this lesson, learn about delegating administration, AD permissions, security shortcuts and more.

Check out our expert's tips and advice on Active Directory security set up and configuration.

Active Directory Security School: Lesson 2:
Active Directory security management

Once your Active Directory environment is up and running, the next step is to ensure its security during day-to-day operation. One area to pay particular attention to is Group Policy. In this lesson, learn how to manage user rights in Group Policy, how to protect your Windows systems with GPOs and how to configure Group Policy to prevent attacks.

Check out our expert's tips and advice on Active Directory security management.

Active Directory Security School: Lesson 3:
Active Directory security maintenance and testing

The last lesson in our Active Directory security school is maintenance and testing. Now that all of your configurations are correct and your Group Policy settings are in order, you can worry about AD maintenance. Learn how to maintain a secure Active Directory network, how to select a domain controller that will perform routine AD maintenance and get an introduction to Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) in this section.

Check out our expert's tips and advice on Active Directory security maintenance and testing.

This was first published in November 2006

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