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Andrew Avanessian
April 1st, 2015

Take control of admin rights to secure your business

If we take just a handful of the high-profile security breaches over the past few years, where cyber criminals obtained administrator rights as a way into the corporate network, the approximate total number of customers affected reaches almost 300 million, a figure just shy of the total population of the United States! There’s no doubt that the figures are eye-opening, but what is more alarming is the fact that many organizations are still resisting fundamental security best practise – the need to remove admin rights across their estate.

 

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File less fears

Last week I was talking to a customer about whitelisting policies. Having rolled out least privilege, application control and sandboxing to their estate they had gone from hundreds of security incidents per week to virtually none. This has caused the security team to become more proactive by shifting from constant firefighting and reacting to incidents to thinking strategically and planning ahead.

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Is InfoSec languishing in the dark ages?

Last week saw the start of RSA 2015, the annual gathering of security professionals and vendors from across the world in San Francisco. In the opening session, Amit Yoran, president of RSA, declared that InfoSec needed to escape the dark ages.

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The Mitigation Game

Last year, Avecto released its first Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report celebrating 10 years of “Patch Tuesdays” with analysis of the vulnerabilities from 2013. Following on from the success of the original report Avecto have crunched the numbers to analyze the 2014 Microsoft vulnerabilities, revealing how the removal of admin rights is more important than ever.

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Take control of admin rights to secure your business

If we take just a handful of the high-profile security breaches over the past few years, where cyber criminals obtained administrator rights as a way into the corporate network, the approximate total number of customers affected reaches almost 300 million, a figure just shy of the total population of the United States! There’s no doubt that the figures are eye-opening, but what is more alarming is the fact that many organizations are still resisting fundamental security best practise – the need to remove admin rights across their estate.

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Cryptolocker – The battle for data security

Ransomware has exploded onto the radar of security teams in recent years due to highly aggressive tactics which are often impossible to recover from. Ransomware is on the increase and has evolved rapidly from the high profile Cryptolocker outbreak.

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