Saturday, October 27, 2012

Outsourcing of Microsoft's Active Directory Technology Impacts Global Security

Today, the world is a global village, and people and countries are icnreasingly becoming connected in due to the dynamics of the global business and a global economy of supply chains and markets.

From China to the United States, and from Europe to Australia, organizations in almost all countries rely on other organizations for the fulfillment of numerous essential aspects of their business, ranging from the supply of materials to the modernization of their IT infrasturcutres and services.

In regards to the modernization of IT services, we in India see mto have become the IT back-office of the world in terms of delivering a variety of IT services ranging from software application development to the outsourced management of IT infrastructures -

While US and Europrean companies start outsourcing the development of numerous IT applications as well as recently the partial management of their IT infrastructures, some have raised concerns about the potential risks associated with such moves to gain economic efficiencies.

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For example, it appears that a specific Microsoft technology called Active Directory is at the foundation of security in virtually most organizations in the world, and recently many organizations have started to oursource the management of their Active Directory to third parties, both in the US and in Europe, which in turn have outsourced the management of these deployments to India by establishing numerous services centers in India.

Experts say that Active Directory is a critical component of organizational security and argue that the outsourcing of such critical technologies to anyone may pose a risk to these organizations, because it exposes these organizations to the risk of compromise stemming from a compromise of their outsourced Active Directory deployments -

Whether or not the outsourcing of Microsoft's Active Directory technology impacts global security is an important question for all organizations to consider. In addition, for those of us in India, we should consider how we can provide additional assurance to our partners in the US and Europe as to the level of physical and network security we can provide to our IT centers based in Southern India.

This was not directly related to my area of interest, but I did it find it interesting, so I thought of sharing on my blog.