The Rise of Active Directory Exploits: How Enterprises Are Responding to an Increasingly
Virulent Threat


Microsoft’s Active Directory is the de facto authentication system used by 90 percent of global enterprises. Given the size and complexity of that attack surface, it’s no surprise that every day malicious insiders and external bad actors carry out cyber attacks against 95 million Active Directory accounts. But because it doesn’t contain valuable customer data, intellectual property, or operations data that keeps organizations running, it’s not always front and center in IT security teams’ efforts to secure their organizations’ digital assets.

At the same time, protecting it requires good collaboration between multiple teams within IT, even as its configuration continually evolves to keep up with organizational adds, moves, and changes. Attackers continue to exploit these advantages, advancing their tactics and racking up impressive breach headlines, including the Solarwinds breach and the LockBit 2.0 ransomware strain that can now automatically distribute ransomware throughout a Windows domain.

To understand how IT security teams are responding to this growing threat, leading IT research firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) surveyed 250 IT security practitioners in North America in the summer of 2021.

Join Paula Musich, a research director in the IT security and risk management practice at EMA, for a webinar that will explore the results of this study, including:

  • Awareness among CISOs and their teams of the risks associated with day to day use of Active Directory
  • The strategies they’re employing to mitigate those risks
  • How well they are coordinating with AD administrators to address these risks
  • How much visibility they have into attacks against AD


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Paula Musich, Research Director, EMA

Paula Musich
Research Director, EMA