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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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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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Stakeholders rock: Guides, not barriers

At the end of October last year, I attended NUX4, a conference for people involved in working to deliver better experiences (mainly digital ones).

One of the key themes of the day was about how we can achieve better outcomes by working effectively and collaboratively with stakeholders, rather than viewing them as barriers to getting things signed off.

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Trident tours: Pastures new for Avecto

This week, Avecto moved into a new UK home just outside Manchester Airport – the brand new office, called Trident, is three times the size of our old premises. It’s the culmination of months of planning and follows new Avecto offices in Frankfurt, as well as a move from Cambridge, Boston to Somerville, MA to accommodate growth in the states.

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Take a long hard look at your shelfware

Twenty-eight percent of security spending is wasted on shelfware, according to CSO’s news article earlier this year.

Shelfware, in case you don’t have any of your own, and aren’t familiar with the term, is a word coined by the technology industry to refer to something that is purchased but is never put in to production.

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Striking the right chord: Don’t make your users incompetent

There is very rarely progress without some cost. I was reminded of this recently by the news that a new piece of railway line – the Ordsall Chord – will cut off the world’s first passenger railway station, Manchester Liverpool Road, from the main line and affect 30 other “heritage assets”.

While changes to user’s experience of software products is rarely as substantial or irreversible as this, the same concept applies: even improvements have a cost. And that cost is, very often, to your current users.

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