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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 user permissions is an essential tool for reducing the likelihood that malicious or accidental insider activities will occur, minimising the impact of data breaches and ensuring compliance with regulations.

1. Reduce the risk of insider threats

A common method of limiting access for users is to apply the principle of least privilege, which stipulates that users must be granted the minimum level of privileges that they require for their duties. This minimizes the potential impact of any illegal action that is performed by employees or third party vendors.

2. Reduce the risk of a Data Breach

Many industries are subject to strict regulations which require strict data protection methods. By controlling user permissions companies can ensure compliance by ensuring that only authorized users have access to sensitive data.

3. Reduce the risk of third-party vendor involvement

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

4. Allow flexibility for Privilege Escalation

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a popular method of managing permissions for users that grants access rights based on predefined roles. These roles can be nested to provide precise access control. For example the senior physician could have more privileges than a junior physician when it comes to viewing the patient’s information. RBAC can also be set to require two-factor authentication (2FA) even for certain roles to minimize the risk of unauthorized entry, even if passwords are compromised.

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