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RE: Securing workstations from IT guys
From: "Vandenberg, Robert" <rv2954 () att com>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:18:25 -0800

Those are good points.

I would recommend that you put in a keystroke logger program with the
written approval of your upper management on the PCs in question and
then download the logs each day.  That way you are able to create a
forensics "e-Trail" that can be used to confront/counsel/etc. them.  I
would also make sure that you look at your documenation and ensure that
each IT person has signed a document stating that they will not use
their abilities improperly.  Combine those two and you have a means of
pursuing them legally.

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Lim Ming Wei
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 7:14 PM
To: 'WALI'; 'security-basics'
Subject: RE: Securing workstations from IT guys

Use encryption program to encrypt those files.  Password function in the
normal MS Word application does not help.  If you have problem
installing the program.  You might want to consider saving the file in
an alternative storage media such as a USB Thumb drive. 

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of WALI
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 2:24 AM
To: security-basics
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
into unwanted hands. I suspect both HR application vulnerability, for
which I am undertaking some vulnerability analysis but I also need to
protect the PCs 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
doesn't 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
risk someone from domain admin group to be able to start C$/D$ share and
browse 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
track/log incoming connections to C$ and pop up and alert whenever
someone tries it out from a remote machine.

Pls advise!!

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