Remember the good old days, when an anti-malware solution was “good enough” PC security? Life was easier back then. IT problems were simpler, and PCs seemed easier to maintain: Grant administrator privileges to a troublesome user, and his or her issues just melted away. Those days are over now. Managing that same network in today’s world requires greater effort and smarter solutions. Throwing administrator privileges at a user issue is no longer the everyday practice; it’s a resume-producing event. Today’s Windows security requires locking down PCs and their installed applications in new and unexpected places. Unapproved apps must be blocked from execution, and administrator privileges must be removed—all without impacting users.
Makes you miss the old days, doesn’t it?
Thankfully, new approaches are evolving to meet IT’s new demands. One can’t simply lock down a PC by eliminating administrator rights and blocking applications—not impacting users means treading lightly. You’ll need intelligent tools, a gentle touch and just the right amount of communication to achieve modern-day PC lock-down with user satisfaction.
Concerned about how to get there? Consider these five steps as your guide for PC lockdown success:
Step 1: Targeted approval
Step 2: Configuration Lockdown
Step 3: Selective elevation
Step 4: Integrated service desk
Step 5: User self-service
PC lockdown is a balancing act: organizations need to give users the tools and flexibility they need to do their jobs while avoiding the security, compliance and other risks that local administrative rights introduce. Implementing the best practices explored in this white paper requires the right tools. With the K1000 Management Appliance and Desktop Authority Management Suite, enterprises can maximize user productivity while also maintaining centralized control over security policies.
Download The New Windows Security – Achieving PC Lockdown without User Backlash in Five Easy Steps to learn more about these steps that will enable you to ensure that users get the most benefit from today’s information technologies, while also safeguarding the content and configuration of their systems.