Protecting the Heart of Your Healthcare Network: The Domain Controller

How attackers use domain controller penetration for large-scale compromises



One primary focus area for improving your cybersecurity posture should be the domain controller. Ransomware leads the headlines in terms of quantity, but exfiltration and weaponization of intellectual property should be an emphasis for your healthcare organization to not only safeguard protected health information (PHI) but to avoid regulatory consequences like hefty fines.

At Pondurance, we spend considerable time analyzing common attack patterns to better reduce compromise, shorten dwell time, and prevent damaging data breaches for our healthcare clients. In doing so, we identified the compelling common factors associated with most successful large-scale data breaches, and the biggest business impact is the domain controller compromise.

In this whitepaper, we analyze:

  • Domain controller compromises
  • Common techniques for unauthorized access
  • Tips for preventing an attack on your domain controller