As the IT landscape continues to change rapidly, understanding the tools that can address your organization’s needs is critical. For example, Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) has been the preferred directory services platform in most IT organizations for nearly twenty years – but is AD still the best solution for modern networks? It’s an important question, especially as more non-Windows® IT resources come to market. For that reason, we have decided to offer an Active Directory review for the modern IT admin, but we should provide some context first.
Review of Active Directory
Active Directory is Microsoft’s on-prem directory services platform. Released in 1999, it was designed to securely manage and connect users to on-prem Windows-based IT resources such as systems, applications, files, and networks. At the time, enterprise IT environments were basically on-prem networks consisting of Windows-based IT resources. As a result, AD (along with the domain controller) ended up creating a single sign-on approach of sorts for Windows-based systems and applications. Naturally, AD flourished in this on-prem, Windows-centric IT environment.
Is Active Directory Right for You?
As the IT network started to change and morph, with the arrival of a wide variety of non-Windows and cloud resources, admins began to wonder if Active Directory would be able to keep up. This is why it is critical for admins to do an Active Directory review. Take stock of your IT infrastructure and match up with whether Active Directory can support your needs moving forward.
Some critical questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have cloud infrastructure hosted at AWS®, Google Compute Platform™, or Azure®?
- How do you manage access to cloud infrastructure?
- What percentage of your systems are Windows-based, and what are Mac® and Linux®?
- How do you manage Mac and Linux systems and users?
- How do you manage your non-Windows on-prem and web applications?
- Do you leverage MFA or 2FA for any of your systems or applications?
- How do you lock down WiFi access and what role does AD play in that?
- Do you have non-Windows based (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/active-directory-review/