Verify that all changes to administrative privileges of users are logged |
This section of PCI requires auditing of all additions, deletions and changes to any administrative accounts to be enabled on all the systems. Attacker can manipulate administrative rights once have control over certain systems and therefore it’s critical to understand what actions were done to gain administrative level of access. Section 10.3 also specifies that user ID, type of event, timestamp, status, origination and entity names have to be included with all log records that record changes to administrative accounts.
This Action1 query returns the status of auditing of administrative account configuration on every endpoint and flags endpoints that don’t have it properly configured per this PCI requirement.
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Related Alerts and Reports:
10.2.1: Audit Individual User Access
Verify that all individual access to cardholder data is logged on all computers in the CDE
10.2.2: Audit Administrative Activity
Verify all actions taken with administrative privileges are logged
10.2.3: Audit Access to Audit Trails
Verify that access to all audit trails is logged on all computers.
10.2.4: Audit Invalid Access Attempts
Verify that all invalid access attempts are logged on computers in the CDE
10.2.5.a: Audit of Identification and Authentication
Verify use of identification and authentication mechanisms is logged
10.2.5.b: Audit Elevation of Privileges
Verify that all elevations of privileges is properly logged on all computers
10.2.6: Audit Initialization, Stopping and Pausing of Audit Logs
Verify that initialization, stopping and pausing of audit logs are logged
10.2.7: Audit Creation and Deletion of System Objects
Verify that creation and deletion of system level objects are logged
Find more information on 10.2.5.c: Audit Changes to Administrative Accounts at Microsoft TechNet.