Active Directory (AD) is a crucial identity and access management (IAM) component for many enterprises as it enables the creation, maintenance, and use of digital identities.
User accounts in AD are the basis of authentication and initial access to your network. Ensuring they are managed effectively optimizes IT operations and secures your AD infrastructure, reducing the risk of security breaches.
From the moment a recruit is onboarded until they leave the organization, an IT administrator is responsible for managing the user’s account. This includes creating a new AD user account during the onboarding process, modifying its properties when required, assigning appropriate access rights required for their role within the organization and, hopefully, deleting the user account when the employee is offboarded.
These activities are fairly uncomplicated, but using just the native AD tools to accomplish them is often time-consuming and tedious. Yet, failing to properly manage AD user accounts can lead to data disasters and serious consequences for your organization.
For instance, failing to identify inactive AD user accounts and not removing them promptly could lead to potential account compromises. It gets worse if a privileged user is targeted, and a hacker exploits the account to obtain sensitive data or to achieve other nefarious purposes.
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