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Re: Non-administrator advantages / disadvantages
From: "Shalla, Kevin" <kshalla () UIC EDU>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:45:42 +0000

This is a disadvantage from the user's perspective.  They want to do what they want to do when they want to do it.  I 
have to provide support and demonstrate value added.  It's difficult to argue this: "I know you're the administrator of 
your own computer at home, and it works for you, and nothing gets in your way, but here at work, we have to slow you 
down because it's for your own good, and the good of the university."  We've been short of staffing, but still striving 
towards automating software updates, but so far the only thing we've mastered is through group policy, which isn't very 
reliable.  Further, Adobe and Java are frequently telling users to update, yet when they try, they are thwarted.  Thus, 
we have users questioning our value, and saying "Give me the keys, you guys are too slow".

Kevin

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Long
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:31 PM
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Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Non-administrator advantages / disadvantages

Disadvantages
User cannot install or update some software immediately - have to wait for desktop support.

This is a disadvantage :-?

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Kevin
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:24 PM
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Subject: [SECURITY] Non-administrator advantages / disadvantages

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?

Advantages
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).

Disadvantages
User cannot install or update some software immediately - have to wait for desktop support.

Kevin Shalla


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