Best Quest Alternative

Best Quest Alternative

Looking for a Quest Alternative? If you’ve been following STEALTHbits and our achievements in the Active Directory Management and Security space, you know we’ve been on a Quest to become your go-to Active Directory security solution provider and Quest Alternative. At STEALTHbits, we believe customers deserve the most innovative solutions and creative capabilities on the market, as well as a partner who will help you make informed decisions about the solutions you’re investing in. Most importantly, we believe you should…

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The Top 5+1 Things You Should do to Harden Your Active Directory Infrastructure

The Top 5+1 Things You Should do to Harden Your Active Directory Infrastructure

Microsoft Active Directory (AD) is the central credential store for 90% of organizations worldwide.  As the gate keeper to business applications and data, it’s not just everywhere, it’s everything!  Managing AD is an ongoing, never-ending task, and securing it is even harder.  At STEALTHbits, we talk to a lot of customers who are using our tools to manage and secure AD, and over the years, several key strategies for tightening up security and hardening AD to resist attacks have emerged….

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The State of Microsoft Active Directory – Report by Forrester

The State of Microsoft Active Directory – Report by Forrester

Forrester just released The State of Microsoft Active Directory 2018 report by Merritt Maxim, and it’s definitely something that anyone interested in current state of Active Directory (AD) usage and where it’s going should read. Here are some of the key takeaways summarized by the report: Demand for Cloud Based AD is growing. On-prem AD is still dominant in the enterprise, but as cloud deployments of applications and services grow, AD in the cloud is growing with them. If you…

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Market Trends: Announcing StealthINTERCEPT 5.0 General Availability – With Enterprise Password Enforcer & LSASS Guardian™

Market Trends: Announcing StealthINTERCEPT 5.0 General Availability – With Enterprise Password Enforcer & LSASS Guardian™

Transforming Active Directory Security Five years ago we introduced the StealthINTERCEPT product line, to address the growing requirement for a comprehensive Active Directory change and access monitoring solution. We know that Active Directory is safest when it is clean, properly configured, closely monitored, and tightly controlled – that is exactly what StealthINTERCEPT has been successfully doing for its users. The security implications of a well maintained and monitored AD environment have significantly increased in the years since we first released…

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Attacking Local Account Passwords

Attacking Local Account Passwords

So far in this series, we’ve learned how attackers can target weak domain passwords in Active Directory.  To complete the story, we need to look beyond domain accounts and understand the ways to attack local accounts on Windows servers and desktops.  For this post, we will focus on the most important local account: Administrator.  The Administrator account is built into every Windows operating system and provides full control over the system, including the ability to compromise domain accounts through pass-the-hash…

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Attacking Weak Passwords in Active Directory

Attacking Weak Passwords in Active Directory

In our last post, we learned about password spraying and how effective this can be to compromise AD accounts with weak and commonly used passwords.  Now let’s take a look at how an attacker could take this approach and put it into practice to compromise your domain.  For that, we are going to use BloodHound, a very useful open-source application for penetration testing AD security and planning attack paths to compromise high value accounts.  We’ve covered BloodHound in our permission…

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Finding Weak Passwords in Active Directory

Finding Weak Passwords in Active Directory

So far in this series we’ve looked at how plain text passwords can be exposed within Active Directory, which represents a major vulnerability for most AD environments.  However, even if you have proper controls to prevent plain text passwords in your network, attackers can still get them pretty efficiently.  How do they do this?  They guess.  And you’d be surprised how well guessing works at cracking passwords. As we covered in the introductory post for this series, guessing can be…

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