Active Directory Audit

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An Active Directory (AD) audit is a comprehensive review and analysis of an organization's Active Directory environment to ensure security, compliance, and efficiency.

Active Directory Audit
Regular Active Directory audits are crucial for maintaining the security and integrity of an organization’s IT infrastructure.
They help in identifying and mitigating potential security risks, ensuring compliance, and maintaining operational efficiency.

The audit focuses on several key areas:

User Account Management:

  • Examining the creation, modification, and deletion of user accounts. This includes checking for inactive accounts, default accounts.
  • Adequate separation between privileged and none-privileged user accounts.

Group Policy Objects (GPOs):

  • Reviewing policies applied to users and computers. This involves ensuring that GPOs are correctly configured and do not grant excessive permissions or access.

Security Settings:

  • Assessing security configurations including password policies, account lockout policies, and auditing settings.
  • Compare current settings to CIS and NCSC best practices.

Access Rights and Permissions:

  • Evaluating permissions assigned to users and groups. The audit checks for inappropriate or excessive permissions that could lead to security risks, or hidden “shadow” permissions.
  • Check for administrative privileges assigned to none-administrative users.

Directory Services:

  • Reviewing the health and configuration of the directory services. This includes ensuring replication is functioning correctly, and that there are no errors or issues with the domain controllers.

Login and Authentication:

  • An audit of recorded login attempts, both successful and unsuccessful. This helps in identifying unauthorized access attempts or compromised credentials.

System Updates and Patches:

  • Ensuring that the AD environment, including all domain controllers, are regularly updated with the latest security patches and updates.

Auditing and Monitoring:

  • Reviewing auditing policies to track changes in the AD environment. This includes monitoring logs for any unusual activity or changes.

Password hygiene

  • Perform an extraction of all Active Directory user passwords and, once anonymised, perform an offline brute-force attack to identify weak passwords and any password conventions which may make password prediction easier.

Active Directory Audit

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