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Active Directory effective privileged access insight is absolutely essential for audit and regulatory compliance reporting.

Here's Why

Organizations worldwide need to be able to regularly perform Active Directory focused internal security audits to assess and ensure the security of critical IT systems, administrative (privileged user) access and data, and many organizations are also required to demonstrate regulatory compliance to prove that adequate security controls are in place to protect critical systems, accounts and data.

     The following are some examples of regulations/standards to which organizations may need to adhere to and demonstrate regulatory compliance of –
  1. Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)
  2. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  3. Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  4. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
  5. International Standardization Organization 27002 (ISO 27002)
  1. Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
  2. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  3. National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)
  4. North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP)
  5. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (DHS CDM) program.





Microsoft Active Directory – The Focal Point of Audit and Regulatory Compliance

At 85% of organizations worldwide, at the heart of audit and regulatory compliance reporting lies the heart of these organization's network and core of privileged access, Microsoft Active Directory.

Thus, in regards to privileged access/user audit/reporting, without delving into specific requirements imposed by specific regulations, suffice it to know that at a minimum, today every organization must be able to answer 5 elemental questions to fulfill their cyber security audit and regulatory compliance reporting needs, and they all involve performing an audit in Microsoft Active Directory –

  1. Exactly how many individuals possess unrestricted privileged access (e.g. Enterprise Admin, Domain Admin level access) in the organization's Active Directory, and who they are?
  2. Exactly how many individuals possess sufficient privileged access, whether restricted or delegated, that is sufficient to manage i.e. create, delete, manage, change and control, the very foundational building blocks of cyber security i.e. domain user accounts, domain computer accounts and domain security groups, in the organization's Active Directory, and who they are?
  3. Exactly how many individuals can manage/control each of these unrestricted and restricted privileged access domain user account in the organization's Active Directory, and who they are?
  4. Exactly how many individuals can manage the domain user accounts of the organization's executives (i.e. CEO, CFO, CIO, CISO) in the organization's Active Directory, and who they are?
  5. Exactly how many individuals can both, manage, as well as control the security of, the organization's foundational Active Directory, and who they are?


Without answers to these 5 basic, elemental and fundamental cyber security questions, organizations can neither be provably secure, nor compliant.





A Few Concrete Examples

Here are a few concrete examples that demonstrate the need to be able to audit effective privileged access in Active Directory to be able to fulfill audit and regulatory compliance requirements –

  1. Organizations need to know (audit) and demonstrate exactly how many individuals possess Domain Admin equivalent access in the organization.
  2. Organizations need to know (audit) and demonstrate exactly how many individuals can reset the password of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the organization.
  3. Organizations need to know (audit) and demonstrate exactly how many individuals can change the membership of the Domain Admins security group in Active Directory.
  4. Organizations need to know (audit) and demonstrate exactly how many individuals can control the security of a specific Server on which sensitive (e.g. financial) data is stored.
  5. Organizations need to know (audit) and demonstrate exactly how many individuals can change the membership of a domain security group that is currently protecting sensitive data.





The Challenge in Active Directory focused Privileged Access/User Audit and Compliance Reporting

As mentioned above, at the very heart of audit and compliance reporting at 85% of organizations worldwide lies Microsoft Active Directory. Consequently, in order to be able to perform internal security audits, comply with standards, and demonstrate regulatory compliance, organizations need to be able to audit effective privileged access in their foundational Active Directory deployments.

Unfortunately, the precise determination of effective privileged access in Active Directory is very difficult, time-consuming, expertise-reliant and prone to human error, and consequently most organizations worldwide continue to face substantial challenges when it comes to performing internal security audits, complying with standards, and correctly demonstrating regulatory compliance.





Our Unique Privileged Access/User Audit Solutions for Audit and Regulatory Compliance

Our uniquely, innovative and patented effective privileged access assessment technology helps organizations worldwide perform vital cyber security audits and demonstrate regulatory compliance –

Gold Finger - Effective Privileged Access Audit Tool


Our unique Active Directory Privileged Access Tool embodies our patented access assessment technology and empowers organizations to perform accurate effective privileged access audits in their foundational Active Directory deployments, thus empowering them to easily, instantly and accurately fulfill all their Active Directory focused audit and regulatory compliance requirements.


In addition, our unique collection of Active Directory focused security, access and effective access audit tools empowers organizations to fulfill a variety of audit and compliance reporting needs –

Active Directory Security Audit Tool

Active Directory Security Audit Tool

A tool that helps organizations easily and instantly fulfill a majority of their basic Active Directory Security Audit needs.

Active Directory Group Membership Reporting Tool

Active Directory Group Membership Reporting Tool

A tool that helps organizations enumerate and audit Active Directory group memberships.

Kerberos Token-Size Calculator

Kerberos Token Size Calculator

A tool that helps organizations calculate the Kerberos token size of multiple Active Directory accounts

Active Directory ACL Viewer and Export/Dump tool

Active Directory Permissions Viewer/Exporter

A tool that helps organizations view, analyze and export Active Directory security permissions

Active Directory Permissions Analyzer

Active Directory Permissions Analyzer

A tool that helps organizations analyze and audit Active Directory security permissions / access rights

Active Directory Effective Permissions Tool

Active Directory Effective Permissions Tool

A tool that helps organizations accurately calculate and audit effective permissions on Active Directory objects



Our effective privileged access audit solutions uniquely empower organizations to fulfill their Active Directory focused audit and compliance reporting needs.


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