Avecto, which has issued its annual Microsoft Vulnerabilities report and found that there were 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities reported in 2016, and of these critical vulnerabilities,
All vulnerabilities impacting both Internet Explorer and Edge could be mitigated by removing admin rights, Avecto reported.
Mark Austin, co-founder and CEO of Avecto, said that privilege management and application control should be the cornerstone of your endpoint security strategy, building up from there to create ever stronger, multiple layers of defense.
“These measures can have a dramatic impact on your ability to mitigate today’s attacks. Times have changed; removing admin rights and controlling applications is no longer difficult to achieve,” he said.
Windows 10 was found to have the highest proportion of vulnerabilities of any OS (395), 46 per cent more than Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (265 each).
Microsoft Office had 79 vulnerabilities in 2016, up from 62 in 2015 and just 20 in 2014. This data includes Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016 and the various applications. Removing admin rights would mitigate 99 per cent of the vulnerabilities in older versions and all of those vulnerabilities would be mitigated in Office 2016.
Avecto said this method of turning off admin privileges works alongside tools such as antivirus to proactively prevent malware from executing in the first place, rather than relying on detection and response after the event.