NEARLY OF THE VULNERABILITIES THAT AFFECT Microsoft's Windows operating system could be mitigated through a little careful control.
Avecto, a security company, is the source of the latest revelation in this direction, and it says that 94 per cent of security problems could have been killed off if admin rights had been removed from the affected computer.
This makes a lot of sense, since a computer that cannot be molested by a user cannot be molested by a third party. 94 per cent is just one example of the differences that can be made and Avecto says that in the case of Internet Explorer 100 per cent of risks are mitigated when rights are removed.
Windows 10 gets a 93 per cent mitigation figure, and is dubbed as having the highest proportion of vulnerabilities of any OS, with 395 reasons to be shameful. Avecto said that this was "despite being Microsoft's newest and ‘most secure' operating system".
Avecto isn't surprised by the findings, we were a bit, and it suggests that its software is a panacea to the problem, alongside better in-house control. This is a press release, so you know, we might have expected that.
"Once again, it's clear from this year's findings just how significant the removal of admin rights is to mitigate the risk of many of the cyber threats we face," said Marco Peretti, chief technology officer at Avecto.
"As a team, Avecto is collectively drawing on years of experience and knowledge to further invest in the capabilities of our Defendpoint software, which uniquely marries together privilege management, application control and content isolation in one solution.
"It's our belief that privileged escalation attacks can be a thing of the past, not only on Windows machines, but also on Macs. Technology like Defendpoint makes that possible, but we need the wider community to sit up and take notice." µ
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