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5 Things to Tell the CEO about Admin Privileges

Posted February 16, 2011    Peter McCalister

Every organization has their own quirks. Sometimes leadership isn’t involved enough for certain projects to be successful. Other times they’re too involved. And sometimes it feels like everything is just too much of a mess.  This is especially true when it comes to IT  security and compliance across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

It doesn’t happen often, but when a CEO gets interested in IT security, often we’re breathless. What do we tell him/her? What would the CEO ask about? CIOupdate recently wrote on 10 security questions your CEO should ask. So we wanted to put together the 5 questions you might be asked about administrative privileges and what your answers should be.

  • Q: Do you trust our staff?
    A: Yes, of course! But we don’t rely on trust alone
  • Q: What processes are in place to protect these privileges?
    A: Approvals, mitigated privileges and keystroke monitoring
  • Q: What are we doing to protect us from honest mistakes made by our own staff
    A: Oh dear do I hope you can say that administrative privileges have been removed from desktop users!
  • Q: What are we doing to protect the cloud?
    A: Enforced SLAs with our cloud vendors to follow the same policies we use internally
  • Q: What’s next?
    A: Don’t forget to plug your next project you need support and/or funding for.

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