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What is Active Directory in cyber security?

A directory service by Microsoft used for managing permissions and access to networked resources.

Active Directory (AD) is a directory service developed by Microsoft for Windows domain networks. It is used for managing and organizing permissions and access to networked resources, such as computers, printers, and applications. AD stores information about objects on the network and makes it easy for administrators to manage user accounts, group policies, and security settings. By centralizing network management, Active Directory helps streamline administrative tasks and enhances security through centralized authentication and authorization.