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Least Privilege Can Reduce Malware

Post by Peter McCalister March 23, 2012

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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