Schools and Higher Education Institutions:
Protect students and staff from ransomware and
other cyber security threats with Admin By Request
A simple to deploy, infrastructure free security solution for the control and management of local administrative rights on desktops and servers.
Schools and Higher Education Institutions are target rich environments. Staff and students’ workstations can be easily compromised if a user with Local Admin Rights runs an executable that contains malware. Network security can be compromised by an attacker to steal data, financials and IP if just one compromised user is operating with unrestricted local admin rights.
Removing Local Admin Rights from managed endpoints mitigates critical vulnerabilities but prevents users from running everyday trusted tasks that require privileged elevation. The lack of just in time Privileged Access Management (PAM) can lead to a decline in staff and student productivity, impacting the overall learning environment.
Our partner, Fasttrack Software, a world leader in Privileged Access Management, provide a solution called Admin By Request that enables staff and students to confidently reduce risk whilst maintaining productivity by enabling rapid provisioning of just in time privilege elevation across your entire environment. The result - Enhanced productivity for all. As all elevations can be fully audited you are able to maintain full compliance with security frameworks such as IS0 27001.
If your IT department is tied up continually with routine tasks such as printer drivers, VPN software and plugin installations then Admin By Request is the solution for you. Admin By Request offer a free workstation plan that covers 25 endpoints, if you would like to try it out you can download it here.
Learn more below about how you can regain control of your local admin account to ensure the safety of your learning environment.
What can Admin By Request do for you?
The solution allows Staff and students achieve optimum productivity by utilising secure methods to safely elevate the every day trusted tasks. It completely removes the need for IT to perform disruptive and time consuming remote control sessions of staff computers which allows significant time and resource savings.
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Managing local admin rights is the key to tackling the productivity vs. security challenge
So, how does it work?
A user requests admin rights together with a valid reason using the Admin By Request endpoint agent. Typical scenarios within education environments include adding printers/ devices, installing software or running applications that require elevation. The IT team receive the approval request instantly and are then able to decide whether it should be approved or denied. Request processing can be performed via SaaS portal, mobile app or smartwatch to ensure quick response.
Admin By Request consists of 2 parts:
1. On premise agent (Windows, Mac, or Linux). This executes elevation requests and communicates configured information to the portal (e.g. logs, requests and settings). Portal communication is recommended but not mandatory.
2. Management portal. The collection of agent settings, computer inventory and elevation workflow requests in a secure enterprise class cloud hosted environment. The portal also enables free mobile app functionality. For a test or P.O.C. all that is required is a free trial account, Admin By Request requires no additional on-premises infrastructure (servers, databases etc…).
Watch the video to learn why, and to see how Admin By Request solves the productivity vs. security challenge with its Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution.
A simple and secure way to ensure the safety of your learning environment
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We work with our partners to deliver solutions and services to make your clients’ and customers’ IT environments more secure and compliant and future proof these solutions by tailoring these to suit their needs and requirements. Renaissance and our suite of security vendors and partners are ideally placed to work with organisations to help analyse current security systems, design a way to improve them, and deliver the improvements over time, starting with the most critical systems and vulnerabilities. Learn more.
FastTrack Software is a global leader in developing tools for systems administrators, and are the creators of Admin By Request, a world leading Local Admin Rights management solution. We have offices in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, London, Munich and the three Scandinavian countries Denmark, Sweden and Norway. FastTrack Software was originally founded in Denmark in 2006 by systems administrators with the basic idea of creating simpler, more functional administration tools that users can love to use. Learn more.