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Change Auditor for Active Directory

Monitor AD for improved security and compliance

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Active Directory (AD) issues can result in unplanned and costly service disruptions and business-crippling network downtime. Harmful data breaches and non-compliance with SOX, PCI, HIPAA, GDPR and more can cause you to incur hefty costs as well. You need to Active Directory auditing and security that ensures you’re notified in real time of critical changes to both AD and Azure AD.

Ensure the security, compliance and control of AD and Azure AD with Change Auditor for Active Directory. Track, audit, report and alert on all key configuration changes and consolidate them in a single console — without the overhead of turning on native auditing. Proactively protect objects and track all changes in real time with complete visibility using Change Auditor.

Hybrid AD auditing

Get a single, correlated view of all AD and Azure AD activity, with visibility of all changes whether on-prem or in the cloud.

At-a-glance display

Track user and administrator activity with detailed information for change events, plus original and current values for all changes.

Hosted dashboard

View hybrid AD and Office 365 activity together in On Demand Audit, a SaaS dashboard with flexible search and data visualization.

Object protection

Protect against changes to critical Active Directory objects, such as accidentally deleted OUs and modified GPO settings.

Account lockout

Capture the originating IP address/workstation name for account lockout events to simplify troubleshooting.

Real-time alerts on the move

Send critical change and pattern alerts to email and mobile devices to prompt immediate action, even while you're not on site.

SIEM integration

Integrate with SIEM solutions to forward Change Auditor events to Splunk, ArcSight or QRadar.

Auditor-ready reporting

Generate comprehensive reports to support regulatory compliance mandates for GDPR, SOX, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, GLBA and more.

On Demand Audit Hybrid Suite for Office 365

With just a few clicks, you can pair Change Auditor for Active Directory and Change Auditor for Logon Activity with On Demand Audit to get a single, hosted view of all changes made across AD, Azure AD, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Teams. Simplify investigations with responsive search and interactive data visualization, and retain audit history for up to 10 years.

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Features

Superior auditing engine

Remove auditing limitations and captures change information without the need for native audit logs, resulting in faster results and significant savings of storage resources.

Security timelines

View, highlight and filter change events and discover their relation to other security events in chronological order across your AD and Azure AD environment for better forensic analysis and security incident response.

Related searches

Provide instant, one-click access to all information on the change you're viewing and all related events, such as what other changes came from specific users and workstations, eliminating additional guesswork and unknown security concerns.

AD-change rollback

Restore previous values on unauthorized, mistaken or improper changes with the click of a button, directly in the Change Auditor console, honoring the rights and privileges of the user requesting the rollback.

Quest InTrust integration

Integrate with Quest InTrust for 20:1 compressed event storage and centralized native or third-party log collection, parsing and analysis with alerting and automated response actions to suspicious events such as known ransomware attacks or fishy PowerShell commands.

Improved security insights

Correlate disparate IT data from numerous systems and devices into IT Security Search, an interactive search engine for fast security incident response and forensic analysis. Include user entitlements and activity, event trends, suspicious patterns and more with rich visualizations and event timelines.

    Alerts

  • Alert on and monitor critical changes made to Active Directory.

  • Group Policy

  • Alert on and monitor critical changes made to Group Policy objects.

  • Account lockout

  • Receive alerts when accounts are locked.

  • Object protection

  • Prevent changes to critical objects and settings.

  • Role-based access

  • Provide role-based access to control who can do or see what.

  • Hosted dashboard with On Demand Audit

  • Pair Change Auditor with On Demand Audit to get a single, hosted view of all hybrid AD and Office 365 activity together.

Stevie Awards 2018 People’s Choice winner

Stevie Awards 2018 People’s Choice winner

In the 2018 Stevie Award’s People Choice awards, Change Auditor was voted best software and also won a Silver Stevie for best new product of 2018

Specifications

There are specific system requirements for the Change Auditor coordinator (server-side), Change Auditor client (client-side), Change Auditor agent (server-side), and the Change Auditor workstation and web client (optional components). For a full list of system requirements and required permissions for all components and target systems that can be audited by Change Auditor please refer to the Change Auditor Installation Guide.

The Change Auditor coordinator is responsible for fulfilling client and agent requests and for generating alerts.

Processor

Quad core Intel® Core™ i7 equivalent or better

Memory

Minimum: 8 GB RAM or better

Recommended: 32 GB RAM or better

SQL Server

SQL databases supported up to the following versions:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP4
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP3
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019

NOTE: Change Auditor supports SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups, SQL Clusters, and databases that have row and page compression applied.

Operating system

Installation platforms (x64) supported up to the following versions:

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

NOTE: Microsoft Windows Data Access Components (MDAC) must be enabled. (MDAC is part of the operating system and enabled by default.)

Coordinator software and configuration

For the best performance, Quest strongly recommends:

  • Install the Change Auditor coordinator on a dedicated member server.
  • The Change Auditor database should be configured on a separate, dedicated SQL server instance.

NOTE: Do NOT pre-allocate a fixed size for the Change Auditor database.

In addition, the following software/configuration is required:

  • The coordinator must have LDAP and GC connectivity to all domain controllers in the local domain and the forest root domain.
  • x64 version of Microsoft’s .NET 4.7.1
  • x64 version of Microsoft XML Parser (MSXML) 6.0
  • x64 version of Microsoft SQLXML 4.0
Coordinator footprint
  • Estimated hard disk space used: 1 GB.
  • Coordinator RAM usage is highly dependent on the environment, number of agent connections, and event volume.
  • Estimated database size will vary depending on the number of agents deployed and audited events captured.

Additional Account Coordinator minimum permissions required, please see Change Auditor Installation Guide .

Resources

Change Auditor for Active Directory
Datasheet
Change Auditor for Active Directory
Change Auditor for Active Directory
Ensure security, compliance and control of AD and Azure AD.
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Overcoming Office 365 Security & Compliance Auditing Challenges
White Paper
Overcoming Office 365 Security & Compliance Auditing Challenges
Overcoming Office 365 Security & Compliance Auditing Challenges

Commercial use of Office 365 has skyrocketed in recent years — but most organizations admit they still lack the

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Integrated change auditing and event log management for strong security
White Paper
Integrated change auditing and event log management for strong security
Integrated change auditing and event log management for strong security
This white paper explores how you can use Change Auditor and InTrust, either alone or in combination with your SIEM, to improve security and compliance while reducing costs.
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Retailer Ensures PCI DSS Compliance
Case Study
Retailer Ensures PCI DSS Compliance
Retailer Ensures PCI DSS Compliance

Any retailer that wants to continue accepting credit cards needs to maintain compliance with PCI DSS standards — and prove it during annual audits. One of the PCI DSS requirements can be part

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Government agency improves security and productivity
Case Study
Government agency improves security and productivity
Government agency improves security and productivity
See how our Microsoft Platform Management solutions helped North Central Texas Council of Governments gain real-time control over changes in its hybrid IT
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Government healthcare agency ensures security and compliance
Case Study
Government healthcare agency ensures security and compliance
Government healthcare agency ensures security and compliance
Learn how Quest Change Auditor helped Region Halland gain deep visibility into Active Directory and Azure AD.
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Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
E-book
Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
This ebook explores the anatomy of an AD insider threat and details the best defense strategies against it.
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How to implement NIST, ESAE and Red Forest Cybersecurity Principles in Active Directory
White Paper
How to implement NIST, ESAE and Red Forest Cybersecurity Principles in Active Directory
How to implement NIST, ESAE and Red Forest Cybersecurity Principles in Active Directory
Smart companies are adopting NIST Cybersecurity and Microsoft’s ESAE (“Red Forest”) as models for protecting credentials, particularly those that reside in Active Directory. Download your complimentary copy of this white paper today to learn more.
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Videos

Learn about Change Auditor for Active Directory
Learn about Change Auditor for Active Directory

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Learn about Change Auditor for Active Directory
Learn how Change Auditor for Active Directory from Quest helps ensure the security, compliance and control of AD and Azure AD.
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Change Auditor 7.1 – New Features
Change Auditor 7.1 – New Features

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Change Auditor 7.1 – New Features
Explore Change Auditor’s new features, such as Golden Ticket detection & auditing Kerberos and NTLM authentication.
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What is Quest Change Auditor and how does it compare to and complement Microsoft ATP and third-party SIEM solutions?
What is Quest Change Auditor and how does it compare to and complement Microsoft ATP and third-party SIEM solutions?

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What is Quest Change Auditor and how does it compare to and complement Microsoft ATP and third-party SIEM solutions?
Hear Quest product experts, Ghazwan Khairi, Bryan Patton and Robert Tovar discuss the real-time security and IT auditing of Change Auditor and how it compares to and integrates with SIEM solutions and Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection.
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How to integrate Change Auditor with On Demand Audit
How to integrate Change Auditor with On Demand Audit

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How to integrate Change Auditor with On Demand Audit
Learn how to integrate Change Auditor with On Demand Audit from Quest.
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Change Auditor integration with SIEM solutions and Quest InTrust
Change Auditor integration with SIEM solutions and Quest InTrust

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Change Auditor integration with SIEM solutions and Quest InTrust
See what's new in Change Auditor 7.0 including integration with SIEM solutions and Quest InTrust.
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How to alert when a group membership changes in Change Auditor for Active Directory
How to alert when a group membership changes in Change Auditor for Active Directory

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How to alert when a group membership changes in Change Auditor for Active Directory
This video demonstrates how to alert when a group membership changes within Change Auditor for Active Directory.
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How to create a protection template for an Organizational Unit with Change Auditor for Active Directory
How to create a protection template for an Organizational Unit with Change Auditor for Active Directory

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How to create a protection template for an Organizational Unit with Change Auditor for Active Directory
This video demonstrates how to create a protection template for an Organizational Unit with Change Auditor for Active Directory from Quest.
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Blogs

Change Auditor 7.1: What’s New

Change Auditor 7.1: What’s New

The Change Auditor for Logon Activity 7.1 update allows for auditing of Kerberos and NTLM authentications to promote better security and compliance. Learn more.

Quest Security Assessments Reveal Top 4 Issues in Active Directory: Groups and OSs (Part 3 of 3)

Quest Security Assessments Reveal Top 4 Issues in Active Directory: Groups and OSs (Part 3 of 3)

In the third and final part of this Active Directory security issues series, we take a look at the problems with Groups and Operating Systems (OSs). Learn more.

CISA Office 365 Alert and 10 Security Actions to Take Now by Sean Metcalf (from our latest TEC Talk)

CISA Office 365 Alert and 10 Security Actions to Take Now by Sean Metcalf (from our latest TEC Talk)

This blog post will outline the CISA alert, prior CISA advice for securing Office 365 and point you to a TEC Talk by Microsoft Certified Master Sean Metcalf (@PyroTek3) that addresses the 10 (and more) Azure AD and Office 365 security tasks to do now!

Workforce and IT Refresher Tips to Avoid COVID-19 Phishing Attempts

Workforce and IT Refresher Tips to Avoid COVID-19 Phishing Attempts

“Let no crisis go to waste.” This is the new mantra of every cyber criminal in the age of COVID-19. Around the globe, organizations are seeing an increase in phishing attempts that exploit our fear and desire for coronavirus information, ...

The Many Colors of AD Security – Microsoft Red Forest, Orange Forest, Greenfield or Blue?

The Many Colors of AD Security – Microsoft Red Forest, Orange Forest, Greenfield or Blue?

Discover the different models of Active Directory (AD) security, including the Red and Orange Forest models, Greenfield migrations, and Blue Team.

Top 10 Security Events to Monitor in Azure AD and Office 365 – [New eBook]

Top 10 Security Events to Monitor in Azure AD and Office 365 – [New eBook]

Learn about 10 places in your cloud environment that log important audit events. See how native tools fall short of ensuring your auditing compliance.

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