Educause Security Discussion
mailing list archives
Non-administrator advantages / disadvantages
From: "Shalla, Kevin" <kshalla () UIC EDU>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:23:31 +0000
I'm trying to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of prohibiting administrator access for users of Windows
computers. Can you provide feedback on what I have below? By the way, what's an example of software that is generally
prohibited? Is BitTorrent an example? Is it common?
Most malware stays on one user profile, so other users on same machine are unaffected. Deleting the profile can remove
the malware. Prohibited (by policy) software doesn't get installed. Combinations of software known to be problematic
are not installed (like multiple active versions of antivirus).
User cannot install or update some software immediately - have to wait for desktop support.