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Monitoring Windows account access


Your organization uses Microsoft products and services and users in your organization access these services via user and service accounts. While your organization needs to be able to investigate user login issues and account lockouts for IT purposes, to ensure users are able to access the systems needed to do their work, you also need to be able to monitor account usage for security purposes.

You can use the searches in this use case to help you identify login attempts that may indicate suspicious activity, and generate records of user group changes that you can examine as part of your threat hunting processes.

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How to use Splunk software for this use case

You can run many searches with Splunk software to monitor Windows account access. Depending on what information you have available, you might find it useful to identify some or all of the following:

Next steps

To maximize their benefit, the how-to articles linked in the previous section likely need to tie into existing processes at your organization or become new standard processes. These processes commonly impact success with this use case:

  • Active Directory group policies administration
  • Identity and Access Management systems administration (e.g., OneLogon, Okta, etc.)

In addition, these Splunk resources might help you understand and implement this use case:

Splunk OnDemand Services: Use these credit-based services for direct access to Splunk technical consultants with a variety of technical services from a pre-defined catalog. Most customers have OnDemand Services per their license support plan. Engage the ODS team at if you require assistance.