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Can Eliminating Admin Rights Reduce My Virus Protection Problems?

Posted November 22, 2010    Peter McCalister

So you’ve invested heavily in antivirus software but still seem to have to deal with the latest virusestrojansransomware until your AV provider can can formulate and download the cure. The question that should be top of mind is whether or not there is a way to prevent or at least limit malware from ever even entering your IT environment?

To answer this question you need to understand that most malware attacks are successful because the code hijacks administrator credentials of an individual or program and uses those credentials to write directly to operating level areas of the computer or network (i.e. kernel, memory, registry).  This is a form of “indirect misuse of privilege” because the owner of those credentials isn’t even aware that they are responsible for the infection.

So in the spirit of “Doctor, doctor when I do this it hurts”, the obvious answer is “don’t do it.” The equivalent of this in your IT environment is eliminating admin rights across all physical (server, desktop, network) as well as virtual and cloud environments.  Then implementing a “least privilege” environment through the use of a privileged identity management (PIM) solution. Some industry analysts call these solutions SuperUser Privilege Management (SUPM) and the lack of such solutions in your enterprise can lead to major consequences.

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Answering the age-old question, ‘What’s plugged into my network?’

Posted October 9, 2015    Alejandro DaCosta

“What’s plugged into my network?” is a question I hear frequently from security administrators. And, really, it’s no surprise why. No longer do we have to account just for the physical servers in our datacenters, workstations and a few network devices. Now we need to keep track of roaming laptops, dynamic virtual systems, off-site cloud deployments and BYOD.


Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Posted October 7, 2015    Brian Chappell

Managing vulnerabilities is a significant challenge for many organizations. The main difficulties with managing this manifest in two key areas. The first is that the list isn’t static. The second is priority.


Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.