Friday, June 07, 2013
80% of IT Security Professionals say their greatest threats are from Rogue Employees, Malware Exploits or Unauthorized Software
London, U.K., Boston, U.S., Munich, Germany
Manchester (UK) and Boston, June 7, 2013 -
While IT security professionals recognize the threat posed by
unwitting employees, many still admit to allowing administrative
privileges to go unmanaged, making organizations increasingly
vulnerable to malware exploits and unauthorized software, according
to a survey released today by Avecto. The study,
conducted at Infosecurity
Europe in London, UK, surveyed more than 500 decision-making
information security professionals. It reveals the extent to which
organizations allow employees full control over their desktops,
without implementing adequate controls to defend against accidental
or deliberate misuse of privileges.
While 41 percent of those surveyed cite rogue employees as the
biggest threat to their organization, over 30 percent of
respondents admit to having no policy in place for managing
administrator access. This is particularly problematic, considering
the rise in security incidents caused by rogue employees with
administrator rights, such as damaging data leakage and
Another 31 percent of respondents report malware exploits and
targeted cyber-attacks as their top security threats, with an
additional 8 percent deeming unauthorized software as an
organizational danger. These concerns are exacerbated by
statistics showing users with administrator rights are more
likely to cause a network infection as a result of unauthorized
applications being downloaded and introduced onto corporate
systems. In addition to malware threats, this can also lead to
software licensing and compliance issues. With the trend of
increasingly sophisticated malware and advanced persistent threats
that target privileged accounts, organizations who fail to remove
administrator rights are particularly vulnerable to attack.
"In today's increasingly-complex threat landscape, organizations
are quickly learning that employees don't have to be malicious to
put a company at risk. The most common threat comes from employees
who download and install unauthorized software, without
understanding the potential risks associated with their actions,"
said Mark Austin, co-founder and CEO of Avecto. "The best
protection against this unauthorized activity is addressing a major
pain point - users with excessive privileges. By granting
privileges to applications, instead of users, companies can empower
users to perform their role and vastly increase the security
posture of the endpoints."
Austin continues, "Users logging on with full administrator
rights will continue to put organizations at real risk of
infection, as the sophistication of malware and targeted attacks
continues to evolve. Unfortunately, organizations are still
allowing administrator rights to go unmanaged, whether knowingly or
unwittingly. This is a significant problem, particularly as the
current crop of anti-malware software is repeatedly proving to be
deficient in the fight against cybercrime."
Avecto approaches the fight against malware with a different
angle, using a flexible approach to privilege management. With the
Guard solution, organizations can get ahead of criminals and
stem the flow of cyber-attacks without compromising users'
ability to perform their day-to-day role. With Privilege Guard,
users are empowered with the privileges they require, resulting in
increased productivity and reduced desktop support costs.
- Avecto's Privilege Guard technology has recently been
recognized with numerous awards, including the SC Awards Europe
2013's Innovation Award, Silver Winner for Identity Management in
the 2013 Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards, One
to Recognize in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, 2012 Red Herring
Top 100 Winner and Innovative Company of the Year for the 2012 Info
Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards. For a list of all
awards see here.
- Learn more about Avecto and Privilege Guard by
- Connect with Avecto on its blog, on
LinkedIn and on Twitter
Avecto is the leader in privilege management, helping
organizations to deploy secure and compliant desktops and servers.
With its award winning Privilege Guard technology, organizations
can now empower all desktop and server users with the privileges
they require to perform their roles, without compromising the
integrity and security of their systems.
Customers of all sizes rely on Avecto to reduce operating
expenses and strengthen security across their environments. Our
mission is to enable our customers to lower operating costs and
improve system security by implementing least privilege. Avecto is
building a worldwide channel of partners and system integrators and
is headquartered in Manchester, UK with key regional headquarters
in Andover, MA and Munich, Germany.
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