Security flaws not so critical if admin rights are taken away

February 3, 2016

Via: InfoWorld
Patching software is important, but there are often good reasons why it can’t happen right away. A recent analysis of Microsoft’s 2015 security bulletins shows that restricting account privileges effectively mitigates a majority of the issues. Privilege management can protect users while buying time for IT to test and deploy patches.

Microsoft patched 524 vulnerabilities across its line of products in 2015, of which 251 were rated as critical severity, according to an analysis by security software company Avecto. Overall, 63 percent of all vulnerabilities Microsoft patched in 2015 could have been mitigated by removing administrator rights from user accounts, the company found.

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