- Real-time auditing and alerting Many Active Directory auditing solutions still rely on native event logs, forcing you to manage system access control lists (SACLs). On the other hand, real-time auditing solutions can gather and centralize “who, what, when and where” information as changes happen. Combined with alerting features, this allows you to immediately act on abnormal changes before they cause security risks or jeopardize compliance.
- Continuous backup capabilities One of the biggest benefits an Active Directory auditing solution can offer is the ability to quickly recover from changes made at any point in time. Rather than relying on scheduled backups, look for a continuous backup capability that will provide you with a granular level of control to roll back specific changes to minimize the impact of a recovery.
- Efficient recovery and rollback Traditionally, recovering a former state would require searching for “before” and “after” properties, and then manually reverting things – a process that can eat hours. If you can’t efficiently recover and rollback unwanted changes to Active Directory, you’ll waste time on top of an emergency. Efficient change recovery and rollback allows you to reverse changes or deletions with one click and as little downtime as possible.
- Ability to audit several objects or attributes by default When time is money, efficient auditing and data collection is a priority. Your Active Directory auditing solution should be able to audit several objects or attributes by default, without requiring additional, manual auditing.
- Reporting designed for communication and compliance An Active Directory Auditing solution is only as good as the information you get out of it. While it should provide the technical information needed for IT to understand and act on AD events, it should also provide information in plain language that can be comprehended by management, compliance officers, and other stakeholders.
- Central management console You’ve got far too much going on to need to monitor and review separate modules for auditing, recovery, protection, and reporting. A single management console for your Active Directory activity allows you to analyze and control your AD environment from a single location, enabling you to be as efficient as possible.
- Efficient storage options An ideal Active Directory auditing solution has low event storage requirements, combined with the ability to easily access large amounts without slowing performance.
Scott Lang, Sr. Director, Product Marketing at BeyondTrust
Scott Lang has nearly 20 years of experience in technology product marketing, currently guiding the product marketing strategy for BeyondTrust’s privileged account management solutions and vulnerability management solutions. Prior to joining BeyondTrust, Scott was director of security solution marketing at Dell, formerly Quest Software, where he was responsible for global security campaigns, product marketing for identity and access management and Windows server management.