The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication

A robust security framework is based on two-factor authentication and user permissions. The ability to manage user permissions is an essential tool for decreasing the chance that malicious or accidental insider activity will occur, minimizing impact of data breaches, and ensuring compliance with regulations.

1. Reduce the risk of insider threats

A common method for limiting access to users is to follow the principle of least privilege which stipulates that users must be granted the minimum amount of privileges necessary for their responsibilities. 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 subject to strict regulations that require strong 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 triggered by compromised credentials held by third-party vendors. Regularly reviewing and updating the user’s permissions can reduce the chance that external vendors will gain unauthorized access.

4. Give Privilege Escalation Flexibility

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a well-known method of managing user permissions that assigns specific access rights depending on predefined roles. These roles can be nested to permit specific access control. For instance, a senior physician, for instance, could have greater privileges when viewing patient data than an internist. Additionally, RBAC can be configured to require two-factor authentication (2FA) for certain roles in order to limit the risk of unauthorized access, even in the event that the password has been compromised.

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