BeyondTrust

Security in Context: The BeyondTrust Blog

Welcome to Security in Context

Bringing you news and commentary on solutions and strategies for protecting critical IT infrastructure in the context of your business.

…But I’ve Always Had Admin Rights!

Posted April 14, 2011    Peter McCalister

USER: “What’s that you say?  You’re going to lock down my computer and make me a standard user?  But I’ve always had admin rights! I NEED them to do my job effectively!” ADMIN: “…but do you really?”

USER: “I can’t so much as add a printer without them. The applications I use every day for work require ActiveX controls – don’t you realize that I need admin rights to do these kinds of things? I can’t be a standard user!  You say you’re going to elevate specific privileges so I can perform all my work-related activities? But what about the other things I need to do? It’s not like I’m going to remove my computer from the corporate network or add new users and give THEM admin rights. Well sure, I know these things can be done as an admin but I’m not going to do them!”

“You say you’re worried about security? But I’m protected by my desktop firewall! Of course I know I can – I mean, wow, no, I didn’t realize I could disable the firewall as an admin. Well, I wouldn’t do that.  What about our corporate anti-virus software? It’s automatically updated; I’m protected by that. Yeah, I know a virus needs to infect someone before a patch can be created, but what are the chances that it’ll be ME that gets infected first?”

“Seriously, just let me keep my admin rights. I need to be able to do things. I may need to install software. No, I don’t know what software, just…software. I promise to only download from safe sites. Really. I just need my freedom. Administrative freedom. I’ll heed the warnings of my desktop firewall, I promise, at least when they aren’t totally annoying. I won’t defer my AV scans. I won’t mess with the Group Policy settings….”

IF YOUR USERS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING LOCKED DOWN, MAYBE THEY’RE YOUR PROBLEM.

Leave a Reply

Additional articles

webinar 2

On Demand Webinar: Because Auditing Stinks Sometimes

Posted July 2, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

Auditing stinks. Well, mostly stinks. In this on demand webinar, lead by Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz, you’ll learn the three key tenets to real Group Policy auditing. Tenet 1: Why do you care about Group Policy auditing? Tenet 2: How does Eventing help you know “Who did what?” Tenet 3: How does Reporting tell…

Tags:
, , , ,
skeletonkey3_713678_713680

Stopping the Skeleton Key Trojan

Posted June 29, 2015    Robert Auch

Earlier this year Dell’s SecureWorks published an analysis of a malware they named “Skeleton Key”. This malware bypasses authentication for Active Directory users who have single-factor (password only) authentication. The “Skeleton Key” attack as documented by the SecureWorks CTU relies on several critical parts.

Tags:
, , , , ,
webinar 2

On Demand Webinar: 10 Steps to Building an Effective Vulnerability Management Program

Posted June 26, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

In this on demand webinar, Cybersecurity Expert, Derek A.Smith will take you through his 10 steps for a successful vulnerability management program and how to get started now.

Tags:
, ,