Webinar: PKI Insights - Posture Management with PKI Spotlight
Schedule a Demo
Blog May 19, 2023 PKI

Securing Active Directory Certificate Services: Protecting Your Digital Assets

by Mark B Cooper

Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) plays a crucial role in securing digital assets within organizations. However,even a single device can introduce vulnerabilities in the PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) environment. Understanding, implementing, and securing ADCS can be challenging, requiring organizations to proactively address potential risks. In this blog post, we will explore the risks associated with ADCS and highlight how PKI Solutions can assist organizations in mitigating these risks through their expertise and innovative solutions.

Person sitting at a laptop while viewing the PKI Spotlight Dashboard.

Expand Your PKI Visibility

Discover why seeing is securing with revolutionary PKI monitoring and alerting.

Learn More About PKI Spotlight®

The Risks of Certificate Abuse:

Certificate abuse poses a significant threat to the security of Active Directory environments. It only takes one compromised device to expose the entire PKI infrastructure to potential vulnerabilities, as seen in published studies such as this SpecterOps study. Let’s explore some of the risks:

User Credential Theft: Attackers can steal user certificates or request new ones, gaining unauthorized access to domain authentication. These stolen certificates persist even if the user changes their password, providing a stealthy attack vector.

Machine Persistence: Attackers can steal system certificates or request new ones, combined with specific delegation techniques, allowing them to maintain persistent access to machines within the domain.

Domain Escalation Path(s): Misconfigured certificate templates, vulnerable Certificate Request Agent templates, and weak certificate authority (CA) permissions can create avenues for unprivileged users to elevate their rights within the domain.

Domain Persistence: Theft of the certificate authority’s private key and subsequent certificate forging can lead to persistent unauthorized access and potential data breaches.

Mitigating Risks with PKI Solutions:

PKI Solutions, a trusted leader in PKI consulting and solutions, offers valuable resources to address the challenges associated with ADCS and mitigate the risks of certificate abuse. Here’s how PKI Solutions can help:

Expert Consultation: PKI Solutions’ Professional Services provide expert consultation, helping organizations understand the complexities of ADCS and implement effective security measures. Their in-depth knowledge ensures the optimal configuration and management of PKI environments, minimizing the risk of vulnerabilities.

PKI Spotlight®: PKI Spotlight® is a comprehensive PKI management tool developed by PKI Solutions. It offers advanced monitoring, analysis, and reporting capabilities to identify and address potential vulnerabilities within the PKI infrastructure. With PKI Spotlight®, organizations gain visibility into their ADCS environment, enabling them to detect and remediate certificate-related risks proactively.

Securing Active Directory Certificate Services is of paramount importance to protect digital assets. Even a single compromised device can introduce vulnerabilities to the PKI environment. PKI Solutions offers expert consultation, the powerful PKI Spotlight® tool, and professional services to help organizations address these risks. By leveraging PKI Solutions’ expertise and solutions, organizations can safeguard their digital assets, minimize vulnerabilities, and ensure the integrity of their PKI environments.

To learn more about PKI Solutions and PKI Spotlight®, please contact us today.

Related Resources

  • Blog Graphic with a gold background with the Globee Awards Gold Winner logo for Public Key Infrastructure PKI Cybersecurity.
    May 10, 2024

    Globee Awards Gold Winner in PKI Cybersecurity!

    PKI, PKI Spotlight
  • Blog a shield with a lock on it representing pki and certificates with several other locks and cybersecurity components in the background
    May 1, 2024

    Strengthening Security with Centralized MFA Integration

    MFA, PKI, PKI Spotlight
  • Blog
    April 29, 2024

    PKI Insights Recap – PKI Posture Management for Digital Certificates

    Digital Certificates, PKI, PKI Insights

Mark B Cooper

President & Founder at PKI Solutions, Leading PKI Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert, Author, Speaker, Trainer, Microsoft Certified Master.

View All Posts by Mark B Cooper


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *