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Andrew Avanessian
February 8th, 2016

Are admin rights the biggest threat to enterprise security?

Last week saw the launch of the latest Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report, Avecto’s leading research project into the security bulletins issued by the software giant over the past 12 months. Now in its third year, the report has consistently provided intriguing insight into today’s threat landscape, the common attack vectors and the products within the Microsoft portfolio that cause IT departments the most sleepless nights.

 

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Lockdown Locky

Locky is the latest in an ever increasing range of ransomware threats used by cyber criminals in an expanding and increasingly  lucrative market. . What makes Locky special is that it appears to have come from the same group behind several large Dridex campaigns showing that they are possibly diversifying their range of attacks.

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Who administrates the admins?

The challenge of finding the right balance between giving too many admin rights vs. too little admin rights is often talked about from the end user perspective, however the same challenge applies to those managing the IT department itself and this is a part of the journey that is often overlooked.

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Are admin rights the biggest threat to enterprise security?

Last week saw the launch of the latest Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report, Avecto’s leading research project into the security bulletins issued by the software giant over the past 12 months. Now in its third year, the report has consistently provided intriguing insight into today’s threat landscape, the common attack vectors and the products within the Microsoft portfolio that cause IT departments the most sleepless nights.

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Nothing comes for free: Just say no

Sometimes when you’re involved in developing software, a developer offers you a feature or an option “for free”. Most typically, this is part of a framework, plugin, or library that offers this functionality anyway: they view it as easier to leave in than to take out.

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Why elevating the issue won’t always alleviate it

“We’ve done it!” – The majority of your users have admin rights removed, meaning your environment is far more secure than it was before and you’ve successfully mitigated 85% of critical vulnerabilities in Windows. But are you as secure as you think? A surprisingly common pitfall that we come across in the support team are those who, either intentionally or unwittingly, elevate everything. Everything.

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