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“You should remember that removing admin rights is not just about security. It will also allow your computers to run faster, better and longer, with less reinstallations. My customers have measured a 75% reduction in the amount of Helpdesk tickets after removing admin rights - meaning you can be more secure and productive for extended periods of time!”

Sami Laiho, Microsoft MVP & Ethical Hacker

In 2019 there were a total of 192 Critical Microsoft vulnerabilities reported. Interestingly, 77% of these could have been mitigated simply by removing administrator user rights from your end users. Other findings include:

  • 100% of Critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer would have been mitigated through the removal of admin rights
  • 80% of Critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 would have been mitigated by removing admin rights
  • 80% of Critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows Servers would have been mitigated through the removal of admin rights

It’s obvious from this evidence that eliminating admin rights can greatly improve security around Microsoft products and reduce the associated risks from their vulnerabilities - but why are many IT leaders still hesitant to do so?

The main reason is a fear of being unable to balance adequate security measures with sufficient user productivity. However, this is no longer a compromise that needs to be made.

Kris Zentek, our Senior Product Manager, says “Our Endpoint Privilege Management solutions enable you to elevate privileges to applications, maintaining user productivity without compromising security. You can exert granular control over access to applications, tasks, and scripts in a way that makes this balance seamless, and the security invisible to the end user. These solutions elevate access as needed for applications—without elevating the user’s actual privileges—to ensure that users are productive and protected. Our solutions deploy quickly and easily for fast user adoption and immediate achievement of least privilege enforcement.”

The Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report reinforces the importance of establishing and enforcing least privilege, as well as applying patches in a timely manner. With an ever-increasing and evolving attack surface, efficiently managing their privilege universe is becoming a must-win battle for organizations.

Download the full Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report today for more insight, a detailed breakdown of the stats, and exclusive commentary from several cybersecurity experts and thought leaders.

Jonathan Clarke

Content Marketing Manager

With a Master's Degree in English Language and Media, Jonathan has a genuine passion for producing compelling and thoroughly researched cybersecurity content. Coupled with a B2B agency background, he is adaptable to a wide range of industry topics, and also looks after BeyondTrust's Public Relations and social media channels. A huge animal lover, he is the proud 'father' of Simba, a very hyperactive German Shepherd dog.