Scott Hesford explains that while the total number of vulnerabilities reported in Microsoft products decreased in 2021, this doesn’t mean that IT security teams can relax. There is still considerable work to be done to ensure that installed software is fully patched and monitored for intrusions. The removal of admin rights remains one of the most effective steps that teams can take. This reduces the opportunity for cybercriminals to move laterally through an IT infrastructure following a successful breach. Scott says that while Microsoft software will continue to play a vital role within most Australian organisations, maintaining a close eye on newly discovered vulnerabilities is key. Reducing access rights and implementing a proactive patching regime are critical steps that need to be taken.

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