At New Signature we work with our clients to ensure that their staff are not logging into computers with accounts that have administrative privileges. Allowing everyone to login to a Windows computer as a member of the Administrators group makes the system vulnerable to Trojan horses and other security risks. The simple act of visiting an Internet site or opening an e-mail attachment can be damaging to the system and cost a business in staff downtime and costly computer repairs. In addition, with administrative privileges the average user will also be able to install any program they desire, including peer-to-peer file-sharing programs. While these programs may seem innocuous, they in fact may create substantial security and data privacy issues.
An example of these risks is illustrated by the The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recent warning to nearly 100 organizations that personal information, including sensitive data about customers or employees, was being leaked on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks that had been installed on their networks. The FTC is urged recipients to take steps to control the use of P2P software on their networks. The agency pointed out that the data could potentially be used to commit identity fraud, corporate espionage or other crimes.
At New Signature we work with our clients to reduce network security issues through the careful management of administrative privileges and education. Our goal is to balance security with usability and ensure that these restrictions don’t restrict the ability to perform their work. There are many approaches to provide end users, even “power users” who need access to more computing functions than the average information worker, with the ability to fully utilize their Windows computers without their default user account having administrative privileges.
Contact New Signature today to learn more about how these approaches can increase your security and decrease the risk of data leakage.