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Re: Securing workstations from IT guys
From: Bert Knabe <bert.knabe () lubbockonline com>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:32:34 -0600

I agree that locking IT out of workstations isn't the answer. Our parent company doesn't lock us out of workstations, but they have a tight monitoring system in place that may not prevent improper behavior directly, but can track it to it's source pretty quickly once it occurs.

Bert Knabe
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

On Nov 26, 2007, at 10:12 AM, Weir, Jason wrote:

We don't allow saving any documents to workstation drives. All docs are stored on the network, allowing us to more easily control the permission

This being said, to effectively do their jobs the IT staff needs to have
access to everything.  You have personnel problems if you cannot keep
your IT staff from snooping where they should not..


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Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 1:24 PM
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Subject: Securing workstations from IT guys

It's a catch 22 situation and I need to make our Windows Xp workstations

appropriately secure. Secure from rogue Helpdesk personnel as well as
network admins.
The HR guys are complaining that their 'offer' letters to prospective
employees and some of the CVs that they recieve are finding their way
unwanted hands. I suspect both HR application vulnerability, for which I
undertaking some vulnerability analysis but I also need to protect the
that belong to Dept. of HR employees from rogue IT guys.

Here are the basics of what I intend to do:
1. Advise all HR users to shutdown their PC before they leave for the
2. Change all Local Admin passwords so that even IT helpdesk/other
know them.
3. Advise HR guys to assign passwords to their excel/word files.
3. Do not create shares off c drive giving 'everyone' access.

But...because they are all connected to Windows 2003 domain, I still
someone from domain admin group to be able to start C$/D$ share and
into their c: drive, what should I do?

Also, it's easy to crack open xls/doc passwords, what else can be done?

Alternatively, Is there an auditing on PC that can be enabled to
incoming connections to C$ and pop up and alert whenever someone tries
out from a remote machine.

Pls advise!!

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