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Reduce Access to Windows Local Administrator With Endpoint Privilege Management


Reducing access to local administrator rights is a Windows security best practice, but doing so may impact user experience. This assessment specifies how technical professionals can utilize endpoint privilege management to enforce Windows least privilege while maintaining user productivity.

Published: 20 October 2017

ID: G00328597

Analyst(s): Lori Robinson

Table Of Contents


  • Risks Associated With Local Admin Rights
    • Local Admin Rights Are Powerful
    • The Endpoint Is a Common Attack Vector
    • Malware Needs Administrative Privilege
    • Local Admin Rights Are Often Poorly Managed
    • Nonmalicious Actors May Misuse Administrative Privilege
  • Evolution of Local Admin Access in Windows
  • Why Does the Use of Local Admin Rights Persist?
    • Some Applications and Processes Still Require Administrative Privilege
    • User Controlled and Lightly Managed Endpoints Require Administrative Privilege
    • Political or Cultural Barriers to Removing Local Admin Rights
  • Are Local Admin Rights Necessary in a Modern Windows Environment?
  • EPM Overview
    • Application Control
    • Privilege Management
  • EPM Architecture
    • EPM Policy Management Service
    • EPM Agent
  • EPM Features Inherent in Microsoft Windows
    • UAC
    • AppLocker
    • PAM
    • LAPS
    • Credential Guard
  • EPM Market Overview
  • Microsoft Windows EPM vs. Third-Party EPM Tools
  • EPM and Privileged Account and Session Management Working Together to Secure Privileged Operations
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Use the Migration to Windows 10 as a Catalyst for the Removal of Local Admin Rights
  • Enable UAC and LAPS, at a Minimum
  • Architect a Combined Privilege Management and Application Control Strategy to Contain Attacks at the Endpoint
  • Build a Process for Exception Handling
  • Tamper Proof Your EPM Environment

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