Using Group Policy to Manage Administrator Rights

Tuesday March 13, 2012
2:00 PM EST/ 11:00 AM PST

In every organization there exists a somewhat buried but very dangerous keyhole: the presence of local administrator accounts. Local administrator accounts sometimes created directly by users and hidden from the IT manager’s standard tracked list of administrative accounts managed by Active Directory and can be used by malware to install malicious software on local computers through the administrator account. Further penetration into the IT environment is then accessible through this loophole. This webinar presents methods to IT security and operations managers for mitigating this risk.

Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor, TMCnet will explain the approaches available to IT security and operations managers for mitigating this risk. He will review the Microsoft out-of-the box tools available to restrict user permissions, including managing user permissions through Active Directory and Group Policy and also explain the inherent limitations.

Next, Viewfinity will demonstrate its method for leveraging Group Policy to elevate privileges for standard users. We’ll show how to block applications and toolbars, allow users to self-elevate privileges on demand, custom configure security messages to end users, setup whitelists, and report, audit and validate all compliance policies.

What Attendees will learn:

  • Leverage Group Policy to elevate privileges for the standard user
  • Block applications and toolbars
  • Custom configure security messages to end users
Who should attend:
  • Active Directory and GPO managers
  • IT Managers/System Administrators
  • Desktop Operations/Administrators

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Alex Shoykhet,
Vice President of Product Management Viewfinity

Alex Shoykhet, Vice President Product Management, is responsible for product strategy, product roadmap, developing strategic partner relationships and service delivery. Alex is responsible for identifying market and customer needs and aligning those requirements with the features and technology within Viewfinity products. Mr.Shoykhet is regular speaker at various public events and webcasts presenting Viewfinity products and technology.

Formerly Alex worked as the Director of Technology at CA and was responsible for implementing high availability products for Fortune 500 accounts. Prior to that, he served as VP of Engineering at Merrill Lynch’s global financial markets, where he was primarily responsible for the Windows platform strategy. Mr. Shoykhet has more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech software and financial markets and infrastructure technologies with a keen understanding of business requirements. Mr. Shoykhet graduated with a BS in Computer Information Systems from City University of New York, Baruch College.


Peter Bernstein,
Senior Editor, TMCnet

Peter Bernstein is a seasoned writer and professional with deep experience in the communications and IT industries. As a top-level industry analyst, Peter has keynoted major technology events and has been cited numerous times by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, Communications Week, among other publications.

Bernstein has authored or co-authored market research studies, CEO speeches, white papers, articles, and other content for major companies in the technology markets. His experience includes work with Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Equant, France Telecom, HP, Siemens, Verizon, Nortel, Wave Systems, and many more. He held the position of director of global marketing and communications at Telcordia.


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