IT administrators often face a dilemma when attempting to limit privileges for end-users so that their machine setup remains optimally secure, while also ensuring that users are given the level of access they want and need
Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) June 13, 2011
In today’s Windows environment, end-users are accustomed to having local administrator privileges, which allows them to download a variety of applications and potentially misconfigure their PCs. While standard wisdom may be to simply solve the problem by revoking local administrator rights on users’ systems, the reality is that this may not be a realistic option for all organizations. And removing local admin rights does not address applications such as Google Chrome or browser plug-ins for which admin access is not required. In order to address the issue of how IT administrators can give users what they want, without comprising security, Lumension®, a global leader in endpoint management and security, will be hosting a webcast titled “How to Enable Local Admin Access Without the Risk.”
In this webcast, which will take place Thursday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Chris Merritt, director of solution marketing for Lumension, and Roger Grimes, security consultant, columnist, and author, will discuss how IT administrators can gain control over Windows environments while still offering local admin rights to the user base – through application whitelisting. Attendees will learn how they can gain power over what types of applications their users install, while limiting access to under-the-hood controls that determine how well config¬ured the machine remains. Specifically, Merritt and Grimes will examine:
- Why revoking local admin rights will not solve the problem of unwanted and malicious applications;
- How to promote productivity through local admin access while achieving control over configuration changes; and,
- Additional benefits of application whitelisting, including the prevention of zero-day attacks.
“IT administrators often face a dilemma when attempting to limit privileges for end-users so that their machine setup remains optimally secure, while also ensuring that users are given the level of access they want and need,” said Grimes. “We want them to understand that they don’t have to sacrifice one for the other; rather they can have the best of both worlds by employing application whitelisting. Application whitelisting enables only a predetermined list of applications to run, so that users can still have access to the things they want and IT administrators can ensure users are not inadvertently downloading malicious applications.”
In order to register for the free "How to Enable Local Admin Access Without the Risk."
- Reducing Local Admin With Application Whitelisting whitepaper
- Lumension Optimal Security Blog
- Intelligent Whitelisting
Lumension Security, Inc., a global leader in endpoint management and security, develops, integrates and markets security software solutions that help businesses protect their vital information and manage critical risk across network and endpoint assets. Lumension enables more than 5,100 customers worldwide to achieve optimal security and IT success by delivering a proven and award-winning solution portfolio that includes Vulnerability Management, Endpoint Protection, Data Protection, Antivirus and Reporting and Compliance offerings. Lumension is known for providing world-class customer support and services 24x7, 365 days a year. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Lumension has operations worldwide, including Virginia, Texas, Utah, Florida, Ireland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. Lumension: IT Secured. Success Optimized.™ More information can be found at lumension.com.