In this episode, Fred and Rob discuss controlling the use of administrative privileges, the process of managing privileges on computers, networks, and applications. The controlled use of administrative privileges is most impactful when a company first has taken an inventory of Hardware Assets and Software Assets, and practices Continuous Vulnerability Management (following the CIS Top 20 Cybersecurity Controls).
Many companies don't have specific policies in place to control, manage, and track the privileges employees have on company devices. Without setting limits on what employees can do on company devices, companies are vulnerable. A The main goal of a cyber-criminal is to exploit and gain control of a system, network, or device. It's important that you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals that are quick to exploit vulnerabilities.
There is an abundance of actions you can take to tighten administrative privileges:
- Multi-factor Authentication: Prohibits cyber criminals from going any further if they do get your password - Create a separate account for any administrative approvals leadership approves - Create a culture of security: Teach employees that one or two more steps in a process (i.e. getting approval to download an application) is better than a data breach
Listen to the full episode to learn how your business can begin following the Center for Internet Security Top 20 Controls and make your company more secure.
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This episode discusses Control Four of the CIS (Center for Internet Security) "Top 20 Controls." The Top 20 Controls are a set of prioritized best practices designed to help organizations protect themselves from cyber-attacks. It is a framework for every organization, whether you have a full department of IT support or don't have security programs or measures in place. You can learn more about the 20 CIS Controls here.