BIG NEWS FROM THE SECURITY RESEARCH INDUSTRY: people and their stupid use of Windows administration features are the weak spot in many, many security exploitations.
This news comes hot from a firm called Avecto, which likes nothing better than to pick apart patterns in published vulnerabilities with the Windows family. It has found that said vulnerabilities are on the rise, and has decided to point the blame finger at users and their use of administration rights.
"For the third consecutive year, Avecto has analyzed the findings of the known vulnerabilities published by Microsoft. The report compares the annual trends and reveals a 52 percent uplift in the number of reported vulnerabilities," says the firm.
"The 2015 report takes an in-depth look at the vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer, Windows, Office, Windows Server and more - highlighting the clear case for admin rights removal in the enterprise as part of a proactive approach to endpoint security."
If removing admin rights was a thing that people did we would have a much cleaner Windows experience, and a significant reduction in threat levels. Avecto reckons that stripping admin rights would lock out 85 percent of all critical threats and 99.6 percent of Internet Explorer threats. In the land of Microsoft Office, removal could put an end to 82 percent of all unwelcome visitors.
There is an obvious elephant in the room here, which is that avoiding these Windows things full stop would have removed 100 percent of those critical threats. You can embrace the full report and its full impact through the Avecto website. µ
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