Security considerations for Active Directory – User Access

How to overcome those that are determined to circumvent Security?

Securing User Access to the Network

Today, most organizations are looking for better ways to protect their network against insider threats.

For Academic Institutions, this problem is of particular importance in stopping those who are smart enough to gain entry to whatever part of the network they want. Policing the access of smart academic staff and determined students can be especially challenging.

With Active Directory an IT department can assign and enforce security policies for installing and updating software and most importantly, manage user authentication. The problem is Active Directory is not a full proof security solution.

Click on the full article published in Education Technology to learn how IT can outsmart the intelligentsia and help secure user access to their network.


Going beyond basic User Access Security

Active Directory provides basic user security but is by no means is a full identity and access management system. Securing user access to a network requires further restrictions on what users can do once authenticated. One product that can be used to extend Active Directory in this way is UserLock from IS Decisions.

UserLock prevents concurrent logins, restricts access by physical location and enforces connection time limits to stop malicious users seamlessly using valid credentials at the same time as their legitimate owners. It also stops careless users from sharing passwords – one of the major causes of security breaches.

Case Study

Through UserLock’s login control and monitoring capabilities for their Windows network, Camden City School District has been able to completely eliminate login sharing and respond to inappropriate internet and email usage.

Case Study PDF Version here

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Chris Bunn is the Directeur Général Adjoint of IS Decisions, a global cybersecurity software company, specializing in access management and multi-factor authentication for Microsoft Active Directory environments and the cloud.

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