Securing the Domain

Administering a small to medium sized network has unique challenges as a majority of the work is performed by either an individual or a small team. A lack of documentation and change management is found quite often in these types of environments as any change can be verbally communicated or a change can be easily remembered at the time. As tedious and time consuming as changes and day-to-day operations can be at times, the lack of documentation and change management can quickly cause a network to be come poorly managed. To help get a network back to a more manageable state, below are a few starting points:

Active directory

In my experience, most IT professionals do not properly know how to manage an Active Directory environment. Not because they aren't skilled, but because most networks have been handed down to them through years of either mismanagement or...

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access controls

Another aspect of managing a network that most professionals do not understand, are how to properly apply Access Controls.  Access Control includes everything from ACL's, NTFS permissions, Share Permissions, website permissions or anything that you as an administrator...

updates

Security professionals love them, most others hate them. In a Windows environment, updates have received a bad name for themselves due to the updates "breaking things." This will either result in administrators to not keep up with...