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Change Auditor for Active Directory

Monitor AD for improved security and compliance

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 an Active Directory audit tool 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.

Change Auditor Threat Detection

Detect insider threats proactively with user behavior analytics and reduce the noise of false positive alerts.

Object protection

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

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.

Integrated event forwarding

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

Auditor-ready reporting

Generate comprehensive reports for best practices and 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 On Demand Audit to get a single, hosted view of all changes made across AD, Azure AD, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Simplify investigations with responsive search and interactive data visualization, and retain audit history for up to 10 years.

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Features

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.

Account lockout

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

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.

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.

Superior auditing engine

Remove auditing limitations and capture 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.

Role-based access

Configure access so auditors can run searches and reports without making any configuration changes to the application, and without requiring the assistance and time of the administrator.

Web-based access

Search from anywhere using a web browser and create targeted dashboard reports to provide upper management and auditors with access to the information they need without having to understand architecture or administration.

    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

NOTE: Change Auditor supports SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Clusters.

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
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Change Auditor for Active Directory
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Ensure security, compliance and control of AD and Azure AD.
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Change Auditor integration with SIEM solutions and Quest InTrust
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Tackling insider threat detection with user behavior analytics
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Government agency improves security and productivity
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Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
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Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
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Integrated change auditing and event log management for strong security
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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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