Controlled Access to Confidential Data Is Crucial

If your company is involved in information that is classified as confidential or proprietary, controlling access to that data is essential. Anyone who has employees that connect to the internet should have strong access control measures in place. Daniel Crowley, IBM’s X Force Red team head of research, explains that access control can be used to limit access to information only to a specific group of people and under specific conditions. There are two primary components: authorization and authentication.

Authentication is the process of verifying that the person to whom you are trying to gain access to is who they claim to be. It also includes verification with a password or other credentials needed prior to granting access to a network, application, a system or file.

Authorization is the process of granting access based on a specific job in the company for example, marketing, HR, or engineering. Role-based access control (RBAC) is one of the most commonly used and effective ways to limit access. This kind of access is governed by policies that identify the information needed to perform certain business functions and assigns access rights to the appropriate roles.

If you have a well-defined access control policy, it can be easier to monitor and control changes as they happen. It is crucial to ensure that policies are clearly communicated to staff to ensure that they are careful with sensitive information, and to establish a procedure for revoking access when an employee leaves the company, changes their role or is terminated.

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