An Active Directory (AD) forest is a collection of domains that share a common schema, configuration, and trust relationships. It provides a hierarchical structure for managing and organizing resources, enabling centralized administration and secure authentication across multiple domains within an organization.

Managing Forests

Protecting Service Accounts

Tenable recommends protecting service accounts to maintain security by correctly setting User Account Control (UAC) attributes to prevent delegation, require preauthentication, use stronger encryption, enforce password expiration and requirements, and allow authorized password changes. These measures mitigate the risk of unauthorized access and potential security breaches, ensuring the integrity of an organization's systems and data.