BeyondTrust Introduces PowerBroker for Desktops Free Edition

Enables IT to remove administrative rights on Windows desktops while enabling common system tasks

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BeyondTrust has released PowerBroker for Desktops Free Edition as part of a new version 4.8 release of the PowerBroker suite. The free edition enables network administrators to secure their Microsoft Windows desktops by running employees as standard users while allowing elevated administrative privileges over a limited set of the most common system tasks without error messages or User Account Control (UAC) prompts. Using the free edition, employees can perform tasks such as defragmenting the hard drive and changing their system clock on their own without administrative credentials.

BeyondTrust's PowerBroker for Windows Desktops (formerly Privilege Manager) software is implemented as a Group Policy extension. Organizations can specify the privileges necessary for an application. These privileges will be added to the application process when it is launched, enabling end-users without administrative privileges to run all authorized applications. PowerBroker for Windows Desktops reduces support costs and provides greater flexibility for maintaining standardized desktop configurations, such as those recently specified in the Federal Desktop Core Configuration mandate.

The free edition of Powerbroker for Desktops can be upgraded to a licensed version for those organizations wanting to implement a full "least privilege" environment to facilitate privilege elevation in addition to the remainder of the system tasks not supported by the free tool.

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