The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication

A robust security infrastructure is based on the user’s permissions and two-factor authentication. The ability to manage user permissions is an essential element in reducing the likelihood that malicious or accidental insider activity will occur, minimizing impact of data breaches and ensuring regulatory compliance.

1. Reduce the threat of insider threats

One common method to limit access for users is to apply the principle of least privilege, which states that users should be granted the minimum amount of privileges needed to fulfill their job. This can help limit the 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 regulations that require the most robust data protection practices. Controlling user permissions allows companies to ensure compliance by ensuring that only authorized people have access to sensitive information.

3. Reduce the Risk of Third-Party Vendor Activity

Many data breaches are triggered by compromised credentials that are in the hands of third-party vendors. Regularly reviewing and updating the permissions of users can help minimize the risk that external vendors will gain access to your data.

4. Allow Flexibility in Privilege Scalation

Role-based Access Control (RBAC) is now an increasingly popular method to manage user permissions. It assigns specific rights according to roles that have been identified. These roles can be grouped to provide granular control of access. A senior physician, for instance, might be granted more privileges while viewing patient data than an internist. RBAC can also be set to require two-factor authentication (2FA), even for certain roles to decrease the chance of being unauthorized to access the system even if passwords are compromised.