Microsoft’s Active Directory has established itself as the standard for the central administration of company networks and IT resources. It is precisely this position in the heart of IT that is increasingly making AD the target of attacks – Emotet and Co. send their regards. Its high complexity makes it easy to open up weak points through incorrect configuration; and the wealth of information it contains offers attackers numerous starting points for breaking into a network.
Three articles in the new iX 10/2020 explain the structure of the Active Directory, describe weak points and attacks, explain the basics of a secure AD configuration and point out dangerous pitfalls and legacies that lie dormant in many Active Directories. The articles help admins understand the structure of AD and avoid common mistakes.
More topics in iX 10/2020 are frameworks for test automation in behavior-driven development, a market overview of robust servers for the edge and efficient C ++ programming for embedded systems. The article Surviving dangerous situations in IT shows how the handling of IT emergencies can benefit from proven principles of crisis management.