Active Directory is a data directory service using passwords that Microsoft developed decades ago for Windows domain networks.
It is included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services.
Initially, Active Directory was only in charge of centralized domain management; it has since branched out to include cloud systems.

For years, Active Directory has been a target of cyber-criminals in their attempts to hack passwords and crack enterprise systems and steal, damage or obfuscate data.

A highly secured Active Directory environment can help prevent attacks from being successful and protect critical data, but do you know where to start this hardening? The following 10 areas need to be verified, analyzed, configured and monitored to ensure consistent security for an Active Directory environment.

This eWEEK slide show uses industry information from Derek Melber, technical evangelist at ManageEngine, a Microsoft Group Policy MVP who helps Active Directory administrators, auditors and security professionals understand the finer points of how to manage and solve issues that occur in Active Directory and Group Policy.