BeyondTrust Fine-Tunes Privilege Management in Windows Vista

New release aims to protect Windows systems without impeding employee productivity.

March 8, 2007

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Security vendor BeyondTrust is introducing a version of its Privilege Manager software this week that safeguards Windows Vista environments by limiting end users' systems permissions to run only the applications and functions workers need to do their jobs.

Privilege Manager 3.0 invokes the principle of least privilege to prevent users from installing, accessing or running malware or other potentially harmful software or applications on their Windows Vista systems. By locking down access to just the privileges workers need to perform their assigned tasks, the software alleviates a host of threats while still letting end users perform authorized tasks, according to BeyondTrust. Privilege Manager also provides IT with a tool to enforce compliance with corporate computing policies.

BeyondTrust is positioning the software as an alternative to Vista's UAC (User Account Control), which the security vendor says causes more problems than it solves. Vista's UAC asks end users to enter administrator account credentials to run software that exceeds standard privileges. BeyondTrust says providing end users with administrator user names and passwords can lead to a slew of security problems and administrative headaches.Privilege Manager 3.0 extends system administrators' control over Windows Vista systems by letting them assign permission levels to Windows applications as a Group Policy extension. Admins can assign standard Group Policy conventions and filters to applications, users and computers, and change those permissions as necessary, according to BeyondTrust. The vendor says that by promoting a more controlled system environment, companies can expect a more secure and productive enterprise.

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