The Importance of User Permissions and Two Factor Authentication

A robust security framework is built around two-factor authentication and user permissions. The ability to manage permissions for users is a key tool in reducing the risk that malicious or accidental insider activities will occur, minimizing the effects of data breaches and ensuring regulatory compliance.

1. Reduce the risk of insider threats

The principle of least privilege is a standard way to limit user access. This means that users should only be granted the rights they require for their job. This can help limit the consequences of illegal activities that may be caused by employees or third-party vendors.

2. Minimize the Risk of a Data Breach

Many industries are subject to strict regulations that require strict data protection practices. By controlling permissions for users companies can ensure compliance by ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to sensitive information.

3. Reduce the Risk of Third-Party Vendor Activity

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

4. Allow Flexibility in Privilege Scalation

Role-based Access Control (RBAC) has become a common method of managing user access rights. It assigns specific rights in accordance with roles that have been predefined. The roles can be combined to provide granular control of access. For example, a senior physician for instance, may have greater privileges when viewing patient data than an internist. In addition, RBAC can be configured to require two-factor authentication (2FA) for certain roles to mitigate the possibility of unauthorized access even in the event that the password is compromised.

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