Azure Active Directory Administrative Units

Azure Active Directory Administrative Units: Azure AD Delegation of Administrative Permissions The move to the cloud often means that we need to learn new ways to manage access to cloud based resources. The methods of delegating administrative control we are accustomed to on-premises are often no longer applicable to cloud-based resources. Office 365 has long […]

How to Crack an Active Directory Password in 5 Minutes or Less

The massive Equifax data breach compromised sensitive information for roughly 143MM people and is a sobering reminder that security flaws still exist in most organizations. The fact is that most enterprises use Active Directory as the cornerstone of their IT systems and, while AD can be configured in a very secure way, it runs on […]

The Importance of Auditing your Active Directory Services: Part 1

This blog series addresses why Active Directory auditing is necessary, deep dives into auditing methodology and suggests best practices for comprehensive AD auditing. Who Moved My Object and Other AD Mysteries Active Directory was created to simplify identity services in the enterprise, and ease the lives of sys admins everywhere, but lack of visibility into […]

Top 6 Considerations for Choosing an Active Directory Disaster Recovery Solution

Most IT departments have no issue admitting the high importance of a highly available Active Directory. It’s become clear that while Active Directory downtime is rare, when it does happen, it’s devastatingly costly. Most modern enterprises live and die by their identity infrastructure, and Active Directory is primarily at the core of that infrastructure. And […]

The Top 5 Things to Know About the Latest Cyber Attacks

The latest rash of cyber attacks has both IT experts and C-level executives wanting to, well, cry. Malware, such as WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya, has been taking enterprises hostage across the globe, encrypting files and holding them ransom in exchange for money. The result? Network outages, debilitated health care institutions, delayed invoicing and shipments, and millions […]

Active Directory as A Target: Why AD Defense Is More Critical Than Ever

We can start with the obvious. Active Directory is the cornerstone of an increasing number of business functionalities, and every year more work hinges on stable AD operability. AD access is also a gateway to a lot of your organization’s information. It’s known that there is no such thing as an attack-proof organization, and according […]

Two New Microsoft Hybrid Services Dramatically Simplify Connecting your Active Directory to Azure

Microsoft recently announced the public preview of two major new capabilities that will make integrating your on-premises Active Directory to Azure AD much, much easier. Passthrough authentication (PTA) and Seamless Single Sign-On (I’m choosing to call it 3SO) will allow your users to easily access Azure AD applications such as Office 365 without installing a […]

Using AD FS To Change Your AD Password Anywhere, Anytime

One of the really annoying things about passwords is that you have to remember them. If you can’t remember your password at a SaaS provider, it’s pretty straightforward: you click on the “forgot password” link and go through the password recovery process. As is often the case, however, the corporate world is more complicated.  If […]

NIST joins Microsoft in Changing How We Should Think About Passwords

On the heels of Microsoft’s updated password recommendations, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has come out with its own updated password guidelines. These recommendations parallel many of Microsoft’s recommendations and thus give them extra credibility; in some areas they go further. When two major security industry influencers independently come to such similar […]

Understanding Azure AD Password (Hash) Sync

Now that businesses are adopting cloud computing as part of their business model, a large percentage are choosing to connect their on-premises Active Directory environment to its counterpart in the cloud, Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory. When you extend your on-premises AD to Azure AD, you have two choices for how you want on-premises users to […]