Controlled Access to Confidential Data Is Crucial

Access control to data is crucial if your business has private or confidential information. Access control is essential for any company that has employees who connect to the internet. 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 specific individuals and under specific conditions. There are two main components: authorization and authentication.

Authentication involves ensuring that the person trying to connect to is who they claim to be. It also involves the verification of a password or other credentials that need to be provided before allowing access to a network, application, file or system.

Authorization is the process of granting access to certain areas based on specific roles in a business such as engineering, HR, marketing, etc. Role-based access control (RBAC) is one of the most common and effective methods to restrict access. This type of access is governed by policies that specify the information needed to perform specific business functions and assigns access to the appropriate roles.

It is easier to monitor and manage any changes when you have a policy for access control that is standard. It is crucial that policies are clearly communicated to staff to ensure that they handle sensitive information carefully. There should be procedures in place for removing access to employees who quit the company, change their position, or are terminated.

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