Active Directory

Active Directory is likely the most critical piece of your IT infrastructure as it keeps your organization together, providing authentication and authorization services, restricting or allowing access to domain resources. Cygna Auditor helps reduce the potential attack surface by keeping the Active Directory activity on radar.

Cygna Auditor tracks activity across your domains and presents it in a user-friendly format. With Cygna Auditor, you will never miss a new group being created in your domain or a user being promoted to administrator.

Start Collecting Data

QUICK TIP: Have you configured your domain for auditing? If you want to audit an untrusted domain, make sure you have access to it from the Cygna Auditor application server.
  1. On the Cygna Auditor home page, click the Configuration tile and then drill-down to Active Directory / Domains.
  2. Click to add a new domain.
  3. Complete the domain auditing configuration. Generally, Cygna Auditor provides you with two auditing methods, one employing a non-intrusive monitoring service on your domain controllers and the over relying on event logs.



    Domain Selection tab

    User name


    Enter the user credentials. Specify a user name in the following format: domain\username.

    Cygna Auditor will use this account to collect audit data from the domains this account has access to. If you specified event log-based auditing, make sure the account has access to domain controllers' event logs.


    By default, the domain where Cygna Auditor is deployed is specified for auditing. To search for other domains in the forest, enter domain name in the search field and click the loop icon.

    Collection Settings tab

    Data collection method

    Select one of the following:

    • Cygna Auditor Agent (preferred)

    • Event log

    Combine similar events occurring within the specified interval

    Select this option and set the interval (default, 5000 ms) to reduce the number of events written to the database. For example, when the same users performs the same action multiple times within a short period of time, Cygna Auditor will make a single entry in the audit database.

    If this option is cleared, Cygna Auditor will capture a record for each event.

    Attempt to locate workstation information for events

    Enable this option to collect originating workstation data—get supplemental information about the workstation from which the action was performed. This information can help troubleshoot security incidents.

    Perform reverse name lookup when event only include an IP address for the remote workstation

    Select to try identifying a DNS name of a remote workstation.

    Ignore login events

    Select to skip login events from processing.

    Enable nested group alerting and auditing

    Select this option to report changes to child groups. For example, when a nested group is removed, you will see a change event for the parent group as well. A user removal from a child group isn't reported for a parent group.

    Select Manage nested groups and specify groups in the pop-up window. Expand Advanced collector settings to configure additional options for nested group auditing.

    Advanced collector settings

    Expand this section to configure additional settings if necessary.

    • Exclude attributes from data collection—enter a list of attributes separated by commas.

    • Select the Ignore login events checkbox.

    • Set up GP backup configuration, including:

      • Enabling GPO backup for detailed change reporting—with its help you'll be able to see changes in group policy objects over time.

      • Ensuring all GPOs have at least one backup—it gives you ability to see and revert changes at all times.

    • If nested group alerting and auditing is enabled, specify details for reporting changes in the Nested group auditing settings section.

      • Process nested changes for non-group objects—e.g., if a user gets removed from a child Group 3, this event will be reported both for child Group 3 and parent Groups 1 and 2.

      • Cascade nested group members when adding a group—e.g., if an intermediate Group 2 is removed, the event is recorded both for the parent Group 1 and its nested Group 3.

      • Cascade nested non-group object members when adding a group—e.g., if an intermediate Group 2 is removed, the event is recorded both for the parent Group 1 and its nested Group 3. For Group 3 users, an event will be generated that they were removed from the top level Group 1.

      • Generate backlink events for nested group changes—by default, events are generated for parent objects. Disable to get events only for child changes.

    • Set the logging level.

    Domain Controllers tab

    Show all domain controllers

    By default, Cygna Auditor installs its agents on all domain controllers. To customize where to install them, toggle this option and select discovered DCs from the list.

The domains you configured for auditing will appear in the list, with status and data collection frequency for each domain. Click on the domain name to see agent's status for each specific domain controller. Click on the gear icon for quick access to other configuration actions.

Continue reading:

Configuring Auditing Policies

Configuring Collector Settings

Configuring Password Expiry Alerts




Rollback for Active Directory

Recycle Bin for Active Directory

Active Directory Browser