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Least Privilege Can Reduce Malware

Posted March 23, 2012    Peter McCalister

If you’re like most companies, you’ve invested heavily in antivirus software. But are you stillmalware security having to deal with the latest viruses, trojans, and ransomware? Are you having to wait until your AV provider can fix the latest bugs and get you the cure, while your network is left open and unprotected? Instead of asking why that is, there are better questions to ask. Like is there a way to prevent or limit malware from ever 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 enter into the computer or network. This is a form of indirect misuse of privilege- because the owner of those credentials isn’t even aware they are responsible for the infection. And how does one prevent this misuse of privilege? The answer is pretty simple- don’t let all users run around with administrator credentials. Implementing a least privilege solution on physical, virtual, and cloud environments stops this problem in its tracks. Without administrator credentials, there are no access points to your company’s secure information.

The good news is that eliminating administrator credentials for your users doesn’t mean a change in productivity. With the correct solution and proper implementation, your employees will be able to do their jobs and more without the risk of malware and data breaches looming over your head. Click here for more information.

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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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