Tag Archives: least privilege

Golden opportunity to tame application privileges

What is it about Windows XP that has made getting rid of an obsolete operating system so difficult? On the face of it, it should be no contest; XP is inherently less secure than its successors, will no longer receive essential updates, cybercriminals target it more often, and it doesn’t even support the latest secure applications. These factors add up to higher support costs and risk.

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The simple way to mitigate over 90% of Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Unconvinced about the importance of removing user admin rights? Read on for some compelling reasons why user privileges should be at the top of your security agenda in 2014.

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5 reasons to love least privilege security

IT security doesn’t often get much love, from end users or system administrators. So in this post, I’m going to give you 5 reasons why you should embrace least privilege security with open arms on Valentine’s Day.

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New Ways to Reduce the Risk of Admin Operations

Remote Administration of Servers and Desktops with Least Privilege

Microsoft PowerShell is an essential tool to manage and administer servers and desktops in the enterprise.  As time passes, an increasing array of Microsoft Windows operating system components and Windows applications are being automated through PowerShell cmdlets.  Since PowerShell has a secure remote connection capability, administrators work from their own computer to manage many remote machines.  However, this efficient administrative practice requires IT Staff to have admin rights on hundreds or thousands of desktops and servers in the organization.

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Overcoming 5 Common Operational Challenges of Least Privilege

Few people would argue that implementing least privilege provides considerable security benefits, as removing admin rights eliminates the accidental or deliberate misuse of these privileges. It is also well documented that running under least privilege dramatically decreases the risks posed by malware, as many exploits rely on the user having admin rights for the payload to have the most devastating effect.

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