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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#2037 Removing user admin rights mitigates 94% of all critical Microsoft vulnerabilities
Just by preventing access to admin accounts, a system administrator could safeguard all the computers under his watch and prevent attackers from exploiting 94% of all the critical vulnerabilities Microsoft patched during the past year.

This is the conclusion of a study carried out by cyber-security firm Avecto for the second year in a row, after, at the same time last year, it discovered that a sysadmin could mitigate 86% of all critical vulnerabilities Microsoft patched in 2015, just by taking the same action and disabling admin rights.

What this growth from 86% to 94% means is that the security of Microsoft products is getting better, if users would only start following industry best practices and stop using admin accounts for daily work.
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#2041 Security lapse exposed New York airport's critical servers for a year
#2040 Watershed SHA1 collision just broke the WebKit repository, others may follow
#2039 Linus Torvalds on SHA1 and Git: 'The sky isn't falling'
#2038 SHA1 collider
#2037 Removing user admin rights mitigates 94% of all critical Microsoft vulnerabilities
#2036 List of sites possibly affected by Cloudflare's Cloudbleed HTTPS traffic leak
#2035 How security products are tested – part 1
#2034 The real cost of ransomware: Attacks take most victims offline for at least a week
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