Directory Server Enterprise Edition provides the following security methods:
Authentication. Provides a means for one party to verify another’s identity. For example, a client gives a password to Directory Server during an LDAP bind operation. As part of the authentication process, password policies define the criteria that a password must satisfy to be considered valid, for example, age, length, and syntax. Account inactivation disables a user account, group of accounts, or an entire domain so that all authentication attempts are automatically rejected.
Encryption. Protects the privacy of information. When data is encrypted, the data is scrambled in a way that only the recipient can decode. The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) maintains data integrity by encrypting information in transit. If encryption and message digests are applied to the information being sent, the recipient can determine that the information was not tampered with during transit. Attribute encryption maintains data integrity by encrypting stored information.
Access control. Tailors the access rights that are granted to different directory users, and provides a means of specifying required credentials or bind attributes.
Auditing. Enables you to determine if the security of your directory has been compromised. For example, you can audit the log files maintained by your directory.
These security tools can be used in combination in your security design. You can also use other features of the directory, such as replication and data distribution, to support your security design.