July 3rd, 2013
Don’t let privilege creep be the downfall of a project to secure your company’s IT systems.
What is Privilege Creep?
Despite the work Microsoft has done to make Windows easier to run with standard user access, some Windows features and legacy applications still require administrative privileges. When users experience an issue, the first step that the helpdesk often takes is to grant administrative privileges to check that the problem isn’t caused by a lack of access rights.
Even if the problem turns out not to be caused by standard user permissions, administrative privileges are often deliberately left in place so that the user doesn’t continue to call the helpdesk, or the privileges are simply forgotten and never removed. This phenomena of moving from standard user privileges to administrative rights is referred to by system administrators as privilege creep.
- May 27th, 2016
There are many aspects of customer service that are often portrayed as more complicated than they really are. This happens in all industries; sometimes for good reason, but regularly it occurs unnecessarily.
- August 7th, 2013
Privilege Guard’s UAC Replacement Extends to MSI Packages
For quite some time we have supported Windows Installer packages, empowering standard users to run MSI’s, MSU’s and MSP’s that would require administrator privileges to complete. This functionality is fundamental in most least privilege deployments, where power users are delegated the privilege of choosing their own productivity tools.
- May 21st, 2013
Do you give local administrative rights to all your users? Or maybe it’s just to the executives or laptop users? As companies now have under a year to move away from Windows XP, this is the perfect, once-in-a-decade opportunity to make your environment more secure, raise user productivity and make the lives of your support personnel easier.
- December 20th, 2012
IT departments are often met with employee demand for unrealistic levels of service and autonomy. This can be especially problematic when migrating to a least privilege environment. There are, however, steps that can be taken to communicate and convey the benefits of least privilege, reducing friction between end users and the IT department.
- November 28th, 2012
Modern IT organizations recognize the cost savings to be gained by empowering users to source and install their own applications, and least privilege provides the layer of security required to grant the use of admin privileges, required for nearly all software installations, without giving the user a full administrator account.