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Myth Bust: No One In My Enterprise Can Misuse Privilege

Posted January 17, 2011    Peter McCalister

Myth Busters has become a TV phenomenon with great antics to prove or disprove commonly head “truths” as “urban legend, wife’s tale or grounded in fact-based truth. In today’s enterprise a common myth is that no one ever actually misuses the information technology (IT) privileges granted them. We thought we take a closer poke at this and bust it wide open.

trust but verify for least privilegeWhat we have to understand:

  1. What are those IT privileges?
  2. How would they be misused?
  3. Why would they be misused?
  4. How would I know if they are in fact being misused at all?

IT privileges are the electronic authorizations granted a user or resource to accomplish tasks on their PC, laptop, server or network device (physical, virtual or cloud-based).

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