The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication

, von Marcel

A solid security infrastructure is based on user permissions and two factor authentication. The ability to control the permissions of users is a vital instrument to reduce the chance of accidental or malicious insider activity, minimizing the impact of data breaches while ensuring regulatory compliance.

1. Minimize the Risk of Insider Threats

A common method of limiting access to users is to use the principle of least privilege which states that users should be granted the minimum level of privileges needed to fulfill their job responsibilities. This reduces the potential consequences of unauthorized actions that may be caused by employees or third-party vendors.

2. Reduce the risk of a Data Breach

Many industries are subject to strict regulatory requirements that require strict data protection practices. The management of user permissions allows organizations to ensure compliance by ensuring that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive information.

3. Reduce the risk of third-party vendor activity

Many data breaches are caused by compromised credentials held by third-party vendors. Reviewing and updating regularly user permissions can help to reduce the risk of unauthorized access by third-party vendors.

4. Allow flexibility for Privilege Escalation

Role-based Access Control (RBAC) has become a popular way to manage user permissions. It assigns specific rights depending on roles that have been specified. These roles can be nested to provide specific access control. For instance, a senior physician, for instance, could be granted more privileges while viewing patient information than a junior physician. RBAC can also be configured to require two-factor authentication (2FA), even for certain roles, to limit the risk of an unauthorized entry even if passwords are compromised.

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