4.027 - Only administrators responsible for the system must have Administrator rights on the system.


An account that does not have Administrator duties must not have Administrator rights. Such rights would allow the account to bypass or modify required security restrictions on that machine and make it vulnerable to attack.

System administrators must log on to systems only using accounts with the minimum level of authority necessary.

For domain joined workstations, the Domain Admins group must be replaced by a domain workstation administrator group. Restricting highly privileged accounts from the local Administrators group helps mitigate the risk of privilege escalation resulting from credential theft attacks.

Standard user accounts must not be members of the built-in Administrators group.


Configure the system to include only administrator groups or accounts that are responsible for the system in the local Administrators group.

For domain joined workstations, replace the Domain Admins group with a domain workstation administrator group.

Remove any standard user accounts.

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References: 800-53|AC-6(10), CAT|I, CCI|CCI-002235, Rule-ID|SV-29504r2_rule, STIG-ID|4.027, Vuln-ID|V-1127

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: b169292cf33f4ac0a7cfee265734318f36abe61516db761b5e390d1fe3ffc7bb