Employee Privileges

How much is too much?

The "ancient" question within the history of information technology which goes back many, many, many years (well, maybe 50 or 60) - How much access (i.e., privileges) does an employee need to perform their job responsibilites? 

Problems

Below are common issues surrounding a company who indescriminately grants elevated privileges to their employees:

  • Unusual amount of malware present in the private network
  • Network slowness
  • System (Desktop) slowness
  • Increased technical support requirements
  • Unrealistic environment for effective configuration management controls and oversight 
  • Lost productivity
  • Much more...
Solutions
  • Removal of system administrator privileges from non-system administrators
  • Group Policy
  • Role Based Access Controls (RBAC)
  • Effective Configuration Management controls and oversight
Challenges
  • Moral of employees
  • Productivity of employees
  • Too many restrictions that disallow applications to run properly
  • Restricting access needed for an employee to perform their job responsibilities
  • Challenges for technical support

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