Windows 8 & 10: An Easy Attack?

October 8, 2018 11:10 am

There have been many comparisons between Windows 8 and Windows 10.  Which is better?  Is it worth the upgrade?  What’s the difference between the two?  Despite all the talks of how different the two are, they do have one similarity.  A survey conducted at Black Hat 2018 by the company, Thycotic, stated that 50% of hackers said that Windows 8 and Windows 10 have been the easiest to attack this year.

The survey found that 26% of hackers infiltrated Windows 10 the most often, while 22% infiltrated Windows 8.  About 56% of hackers said that social engineering is the technique that works the fastest when trying to gain control and seize accounts.  The survey also stated that hackers usually are able to take advantage by using default vendor passwords or exploiting application and OS vulnerabilities.

Hackers are able to do this due to many companies not applying the principle of least privilege, but instead trying to solve the issue with a technology-only approach.  This ignores the consideration of employee usability as the potential solution, which seems to be the issue of 74% of companies.

Not considering least privilege as a solution causes a lack in cybersecurity, which leads to more data breaches.  According to Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic, the failure to implement least privilege will ultimately lead to a higher cost for companies when they do experience a data breach.

Thycotic does have a helpful recommendation when it comes to this threat.  Using a combination approach of both people and technology can help security and productivity to work together.  Carson states, “Least privilege can only be successful when employee productivity is not impacted, allowing them to continue doing their job without the need to call the IT help desk continuously.”

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