Privilege Escalation

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Q: In his Network Security Administrator position, Vernard has the responsibility to observe, secure and analyze the network of his company. At the moment, Vernard is most concerned to learn that it is possible for others to utilize bypass authentication in order to access his company’s network. This gives them more permissions than they were intended to have, and creates a vulnerability that could compromise his company’s data, secrets and client list. What is the name used for this activity, which is often called privilege escalation?

a. Rootkit

b. Boot sector

c. Master Boot Record

d. Backdoor

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