The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication

User permissions and two factor authentication are the most important element of a robust security system. The ability to manage the user’s permissions is an essential tool for reducing the risk of malicious or accidental insider activities, minimizing the impact of any data breaches and maintaining the compliance of regulatory authorities.

1. Reduce the risk of insider Threats

A common method for limiting access to users is to use the principle of least privilege which states that users should be granted the minimum amount of privileges needed to fulfill their duties. This reduces the impact of any unauthorized activities that are performed by employees or third party vendors.

2. Reduce the risk of a Data Breach

Many industries are governed by strict rules that require the use of strict data protection practices. Controlling user permissions allows companies to ensure compliance by ensuring only authorized individuals can access sensitive information.

3. Reduce the risk of third-party Vendor Activity

Many data breaches are the result of compromised credentials held in the hands of third-party vendors. Regularly reviewing and updating the user’s permissions can help reduce the risk that external vendors will gain access to your data.

4. Allow flexibility for Privilege Escalation

Role-based Access Control (RBAC) has become a common method of managing user access rights. It assigns specific rights in accordance with roles that have been predefined. These roles can be integrated to give you a more precise control of access. For instance, a senior physician, for instance, might have higher privileges when examining patient data than an internist. In addition, RBAC can be configured to require two-factor authentication (2FA) for certain roles to reduce the risk of unauthorized access even in the event that the password has been compromised.

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