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5 Active Directory management challenges you are likely to face in 2021

The year 2020 has been quite tumultuous for IT pros. Organizations were tested on their cyber resilience like never before. IT teams were forced to quickly come up with sweeping changes to enable remote work for employees and ensure business continuity.

As a result, many organizations were forced to prioritize service availability over security. This has unsurprisingly paved the way for security vulnerabilities waiting to be exploited by cybercriminals.

To make things worse, according to predictions made by Gartner and Forrester on IT management trends post-COVID-19, Active Directory  (AD) management could get more challenging in 2021.

Following are 5 challenges AD administrators are likely to face in 2021:

  1. Identity silos due to increased cloud adoptions
  2. Bottlenecks in the employee onboarding process
  3. Access management of increasing contingent workers
  4. The legal risk associated with expanded employee data collection  
  5. Increasing risk of human error due to unfamiliar working conditions

IT experts believe that although many organizations have accelerated out of the crisis, the ripple effects of the technological disruptions caused by the pandemic last year won’t let security pros yawn their way through 2021.Now that organizations are comfortable with the new normal, it’s time for IT teams to re-evaluate their strategies to discover if and where their old strategies fall short and prioritize their efforts to plug any security loopholes waiting to be exploited by cybercriminals.

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