Access governance is an aspect that many businesses are continuing to ignore. With increasing number of security breaches being traced to internal sources, it is absolutely critical to identify and establish access rights. Only the right people within the organization should have control to right resources, systems and applications, at the right time, and that’s the core aspect of role-based access control. Businesses have no choice but to focus on user management, so that data protection measures can be enhanced.
Reviewing the basics
In complex IT environments, which rely extensively on both on-premise and cloud solutions, it is hard to manage access rights for hundreds of users. For large corporate firms, the task is even more challenging, and it is also necessary to be compliant with rules & regulations. With role-based access control, businesses get in control of users. IAM, or Identity & Access Management, tools can be used to grant, cancel and modify access rights both manually and automatically. IAM suites focuses on what every user needs to get work done, and access rights are granted and monitored accordingly. The access rights are based on role, and hence the apt name of role-based access control.
How does it work?
With role-based access control¸ businesses don’t focus on access rights at the base level, but everything is compartmentalized. For instance, if a set of experts are working on finance, their access rights can be same or similar. This means that employees for that particular group will only have access to selected systems, applications and data, and nothing else. Whenever a new employee joins the same team, IAM grants access rights automatically, while for employees who leave the organization, their accounts and rights are revoked right away. The same also holds true for privileged users, who may need to definitely access to critical systems and applications, but their rights have to be monitored regularly, because they are of most interest to hackers.
The leap with IAM
If your company hasn’t invested in IAM and hasn’t considered role-based access management as yet, it’s time to take control and take a leap with data protection. By focusing on various company resources, data, apps and systems are being used by different users, it is easier to prevent hacks and data breaches, and in case of an unfortunate incident, tracing details and taking corrective and further preventive measures wouldn’t be hard. Start by reviewing IAM needs of your company!