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Limited Privilege Authorisation Tool Available Free to IT Administrators

ScriptLogic : 06 April, 2010  (New Product)
ScriptLogic has made Privilege Authority available free of charge giving IT administrators the ability to provide end user privileges without compromising security levels away from the desktop
ScriptLogic has introduced Privilege Authority, a free solution that allows IT administrators to maintain control of administrator rights while giving end users specific and limited privileges to change controls important to day-to-day activities. More than 5,000 IT administrators downloaded Privilege Authority in the 24 hours following availability on the Privilege Authority Community Forum from ScriptLogic.

Desktop management best practices advise that end users be given rights—or privileges—to control only the configurations on their machines that they need to do their jobs. However, certain end user actions require administrative rights and granting those rights lowers the level of security on those machines and increases risk. Some scenarios where administrative rights are necessary include:

* Adjusting basic desktop settings, such as controlling volume and screen brightness;
* Downloading new versions of software to view documents, images or videos; and,
* Adding new printers or other peripherals.

Privilege Authority gives administrators granular control over administration rights for the first time. IT teams can create "elevation rules" specifying the Windows features, applications or ActiveX controls that end users can manipulate, while maintaining restrictions on all other functions. Those rules are transferred to the desktop client using Group Policy, an infrastructure that is already in place in Windows environments, eliminating the need to install a new system.

"In companies of all sizes, IT administrators must balance maintaining desktop security with providing applications that employees need to do their jobs and eliminating routine calls to help desk," said Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Windows Management, ScriptLogic. "Privilege Authority delivers just that. Now admins have the granular control that Windows lacks with the ability to grant administrative rights to some controls and limit rights to others."

Along with the product, ScriptLogic has launched the Privilege Authority Community Forum, where Privilege Authority users can exchange rules that allow for certain end user configuration changes. Some rules are already available providing the ability for end users to access system properties, run iTunes and BlackBerry Desktop installers, install an Adobe Flash Player after download, and run Adobe Reader.

In addition to elevation rules, which are created by a template wizard, Privilege Authority also features:

* Common Rules: Privilege Authority ships with several pre-configured common rules that are already designed to handle the most common elevation requirements in organizations today.
* Automatic update of rules: Privilege Authority regularly checks the Privilege Authority Community Forum for updated common rules and downloads new rules when they are available.
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