NIST SP 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 Control 3.1.7 Requirement:

Prevent non-privileged users from executing privileged functions and capture the execution of such functions in audit logs.

NIST SP 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 3.1.7 Requirement Explanation:

By limiting privileged functions such as being able to change system settings, modify logs, and install software you reduce cyber risk. By capturing logs on the execution of privileged functions you can identify policy violations and malicious activity.

Example NIST SP 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 3.1.7 Implementation:

Only employees responsible for administering, securing, and auditing your systems should have privileged accounts. All other employees should be given non-privileged accounts. Configure your systems to collect logs on the execution of privileged functions such as changes to system settings and the installation of software.

NIST SP 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 3.1.7 Scenario(s):

- Scenario 1:

Most of your employees only need to use email and Microsoft office software to complete their assigned duties. They are not responsible for performing any system administration or security tasks. As a result, you revoke local admin rights from their work computer and revoke any administrative privileges assigned to their active directory and or Microsoft 365 accounts.

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