Cyber Security Terms
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
Cyber Security Terms

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

Edward Kost
Edward Kost
updated Dec 12, 2021

What is LDAP?

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a protocol that communicates with applications and sensitive user data across directory services.


Key takeaways

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    Active Directory and OpenLDAP are the two most popular directory services that communicate with LDAP
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    LDAP is also used as an authentication mechanism
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    SASL is the most secure mechanism for LDAP authentication
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