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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Active Directory (AD) is a lot more important than you might think. Yes, it’s a convenient utility, but it also serves as the veritable keys to your kingdom. Privileged credentials, certificate validation and rights management? All handled by AD.

After all, 63 percent of confirmed data breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords. And, since AD is the core identity system for more than 90 percent of organizations, chances are that most of those data breaches also involved compromised AD.

At this point you might be asking, “If AD is so crucial, then why is it so frequently underprotected, and how can I protect mine?”

Well, you’re about to find out.

We’ve taken the most relevant and recent information on AD and assembled it in the form of this handy slideshow. Click through the slides to learn how hackers are breaching AD, why most organizations fail to adequately secure their AD and what kind of steps you can take to make sure that your AD is as protected as possible.

To summarize:

  1. AD is the nervous system of the majority of organizations.
  2. Most organizations neglect to properly secure their AD.
  3. Hackers can use a variety of free, easily accessible tools to breach AD and instantly gain access to an organization’s IT infrastructure.
  4. Organizations can focus on four key areas of security to protect their AD as thoroughly as possible.

So, while AD is certainly a helpful tool, it’s also vitally important to your organization’s cybersecurity, and should be treated accordingly. To find out how secure your AD is, get your free security assessment today.