The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication

A secure security system is based on user permissions and two-factor authentication. The ability to manage the permissions of users is a vital instrument to reduce the chance of accidental or malicious insider activities, minimizing impact of data breaches, and maintaining the regulatory compliance.

1. Reduce the threat 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 required for their job. This reduces the potential consequences of unauthorized actions that could be caused by employees or third-party vendors.

2. Reduce the risk of a Data Breach

Many industries are subject to strict regulations that require strict data protection practices. Management of user permissions enables organizations to ensure compliance by ensuring that 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 in the hands of third-party vendors. Reviewing and updating regularly permissions for users can help limit the risk of unauthorized access by external vendors.

4. Offer Flexibility in Privilege Escalation

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a popular method for managing user permissions that grants access rights in accordance with predefined roles. The roles can be nested in order to allow more precise access control. For example, a senior physician for instance, could have greater privileges when viewing patient data than an internist. RBAC can also be configured to require two-factor authentication (2FA) even for certain roles, to reduce the risk of unauthorised entry, even if a password is compromised.

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